Thirteen of the group took up the challenge of the volunteers day, this Saturday, at Northward Hill RSPB reserve. Under the direction of Ruby, Ruth and Dave, from the RSPB reserve team, our task was to clear a large area of felled hawthorn saplings that ran along a ditch. Removing these will help ground nesting birds such as lapwing whose young can be predated by corvids which use the hawthorn as vantage points.
With a mid morning fortification provided by Sandra’s cupcakes and some coffee we battled on against the vicious thorns, and gradually the piles of hawthorns were cleared.
By 1:15pm we had cleared almost all the hawthorns and bonfire was blazing away. After a quick group photo we left Dave and Ruth to watch over the fire and we squelched back to our cars bound for warm showers or baths and a well earned rest.
Thanks to Ruby, Ruth and Dave for organising the day and the Gravesend RSPB group volunteers for their hard work.
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