© Andrew Moon
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.

Another jolly good turnout to continue the job we started in October, namely clearing the south-western shore of the lake and allowing vegetation to develop and flower.  This was a good place to talk to passers-by to give them the message about Stocker’s Lake and if possible, to recruit some new members.

On a beautiful, sunny Autumn morning, we enjoyed the second work party of this end of the year. We worked on the western bank of Stocker’s Lake near the wooden bridge between the river and the lake.