© Andrew Moon
Much excellent work was done to prepare our three meadows between the lake and the River Colne for the introduction of cattle in early June.  Our strong men moved huge quantities of earth from the middle meadow to repair the ground at the main field gate entrance to the reserve which had been badly damaged by heavy fencing machinery in January, so that every it time it rained it turned the path into something from the Western Front.  Other members then raked and compressed it into shape and dug a little drainage ditch to one side. 
The main job was to clear rubbish from the area on the other side of the River Colne coming down from the Uxbridge Road to the iron river bridge.  Despite the fact that we had had a major clearance this time last year we collected an amazing amount of junk - enough to fill 2 large builders sacks plus 3 smaller sacks.  We can always rely on the Great British Public!
A marvellous turn out considering the foul weather. This enabled us to do a very ecologically important job of hedge planting on the boundaries of the three meadows between the river and the lake which are now fenced in readiness for cattle which we hope to introduce in April or May.

This was the work party cancelled for 3rd February.  The trouble was that because of the weather and muddy conditions, the work I had planned (delineating the public footpaths through the cattle meadows) wasn’t possible. 

Our third and last work party at the southern, Springwell Lane end of the lake where we continued the job of clearing the shade and undergrowth on the lake shore and removed some of the piles of brash and branches which had resulted from our work.

It started dry but gradually got wetter but that didn’t prevent more good clearance work to remove shade on the lake edge at the Springwell Lane end of the reserve, including a nice bit of dead hedging. Jack and Ray also piled logs to ensure that people use the gate rather than going round the side at the footpath entrance.