© Andrew Moon

The weather was overcast as we set to work thinning out the trees outside Stocker's House. We then removed some of the weeds that were strangling the young saplings.

Our thanks to the workers Tony and Sheila Lee, Dawn Goodair, Markus Kang and Nigel Daley.

Nigel Daley

 

Our work party continued the good work by clearing spaces and planting 9 alders (very good winter feeding for small birds) We also thickened up our fence with a bit of hawthorn and dog rose.  Finally, we cleared the site of corrugated iron sheets – leaving one or two strategically placed to give living accommodation to small mammals and reptiles.

Thanks go to Dawn Goodair, Emma Brading, Jack Westbrook, Nigel Daley and Ian Watson.

Ian Watson

Another small party which completed the job of coppicing the hazels. This also produced more excellent posts for dead hedging.  We also cleared the area where the large bittercress grows.  Brambles and stinging nettles were beginning to take over.  Stocker’s is the only place in Hertfordshire where large bittercress is found.

Thanks go to Steve Cohen, Nigel Daley, Evelyn Fox, Tony and Sheila Lee, Jack Scruton and Ian Watson.  (It was good to see Steve and Jack again. It’s been a long time!)

Ian Watson

On a cool Sunday morning, Jack Westbrook and Markus Kang repaired a fence by Kingfisher Hide. Sheila Lee, Evelyn Fox and Nigel Daley carried out some coppicing of the hazel trees area near to the Stockers House entrance to the lake. We are planning on using the hazel stakes for hedge layering around Stocker’s Lake over the coming months.

Nigel Daley

A small party did some useful work. We cleared the ground in front of the hedge at the canal entrance to the reserve and began the job of coppicing the hazels behind the hedge.  this will stop them becoming trees and encourage them to produce ‘withy’ which we use in hedge layering. Much undergrowth was produced which we burnt in a very effective bonfire.

Thanks go to Dawn Goodair, Tony and Sheila Lee, Nigel Daley and Ian Watson.

Ian Watson

The first of the new season.  A small party (because the notice to our volunteers went out rather late – my fault) but good work done.  Jack and Nigel put up more fencing by Kingfisher Hide, which just about finishes that job.  We noticed that the bird table seems to have disappeared.  No problem. I’ve got another one which I had prepared earlier!

The rest of us cleared rubbish from part of the ditch on the canal side.  Much less rubbish than when we cleared it up some years ago.  I suspect our ‘boaties’ on the canal are becoming more careful.  Also the new hedge and fence which we installed have helped.

Thanks to Nigel Daley, Dawn Goodair, Marcus King, Tony and Sheila Lee, Ian Watson and Jack Westbrook.  We missed Rob Mitchell!

Ian Watson