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Moseley Bog Friends' Blog 01/03/2016

Posted: Tuesday 15th March 2016 by Joe.P

Volunteers at Moseley Bog & Joy's Wood Nature ReserveMoseley Bog & Joy's Wood

These blog posts are sent in by the Friends of Moseley Bog & Joy's Wood to give a personal perspective of a day in the life of a volunteer. This week John Pete is standing in for Mary Girvan, who usually writes them and does the twitter feed for @mosbogfriends.

It was ring out the old ring in the new at Moseley Bog yesterday.

We had our last day with Doug leading the volunteers at Moseley Bog yesterday, (Gabe had already departed at end of last week), but we were joined just before lunch by the new trainees Laura and Anna who will soon be leading the volunteer days.

The day started inauspiciously with heavy rain so we prepared for a wet morning, but by the time we had distributed tools for the day the rain had slowed to a light drizzle.

The optimists amongst us said that it would be sunny by lunch time, so we proceeded to our final efforts at building the world’s longest dead hedge. We have been working for the last few weeks on an area were the hazel hadn’t been coppiced for a while and where the hawthorn and blackthorn had overgrown into a dense and often dark tangled mixture of live plus dead wood.

The area does look a little bare at the moment, but we are looking forward to seeing the changes soon as the hazel will quickly regenerate. We are also looking forward to seeing the effect of woodland planting which will be carried out in the near future.

We were working so hard clearing the last part of the area that lunchtime arrived before we knew it.

So lunchtime took place in the sunny! clearing with ten (yes 10 with the newbies!) of us having a welcome break and a slice of one of Rhiannon’s legendary cakes.

That gave us the energy for a final burst at finishing the dead hedge.
A good day’s work. Thanks again to Doug and Gabe for all their efforts during the last year…and looking forward to working with Laura and Anna.
John Pete

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