Wednesday 30th March 2016
|Grey Wagtail on car aerial in car park|
It being the Easter holidays, Gibside Rangers were doing their bit to involve visiting children in the planting of heather on a sandy bank near the top of the Hollow Walk. We left them to it and went off to have a last bash at clearing rhododendron from the hillside behind. A last bash, that is, until late autumn when we can renew the onslaught. For the time being though, we shall welcome the change of season by leaving nature in peace for its annual renewal.
|Native trees are now visible|
There is much more work to be done here to clear the remaining rhododendron, and to control the area we have cut to prevent recolonization. Drastic measures may be necessary.
Naturally enough, a paucity of fauna is a feature of such alien, toxic vegetation, though tracks suggest that badger and roe deer pass this way. And at least one tick. Unknowingly, I took that home with me, comfortably settled in just above my wrist. It’s squished now.
|The offending tick before being squished|
Steve Wootten & Phil Coyne