© Andrew Moon

It was a rather miserable day, but Dawn Goodair got on with layering the hedge by Stocker’s House, with the help of Steve and Erica Davey, welcome new workers.  Meanwhile, the rest of us cleared the brambles from our little copse by the Lock Keeper’s Cottage.  We noticed that a lot of the young trees had the bark eaten away at the same height on the main trunks.  It was Chris Jones who deduced that this must be the work of deer and the height of the damage suggested that a muntjac was the culprit. We seldom see them on the reserve, but doubtless night time is when they operate.  We’ll get some protectors.

Our thanks to Erica and Steve Davey, Dawn Goodair, Chris Jones, Marcus King, Mitch, Bill Sylvester, Ian Watson and Jack Westbrook.

Ian Watson