The type of work carried out on nature reserves varies depending on the season (and what the weather is doing!). Our winter tasks are mainly focused on scrub clearance and trying to prevent open areas such as wildflower meadows from becoming overgrown. However, in spring we stop cutting down trees to avoid disturbance to nesting birds. Our winter work has just come to an end, so I thought I would update you on what I have been getting up to in the last couple of weeks.
We have been clearing bramble and blackthorn from around the lakes edge at Summer Leys in order to create an open area that will be more suitable for wetland birds. Removing vegetation means that the birds feel safer as they can see what is going on around them and there are fewer places for predators to hide. We took the midweek volunteers and had a day of cutting and burning and made some really good progress.