Pond Survey, Reevy Mill Dam

Pond Survey  - 13/06/07
Reevy Mill Dam – SE 1388529869


List of macroinvertebrates found:
  1. Gammaridae (Freshwater shrimp)
  2. Coenagriidae (Damselfly larva)
  3. Planariidae (Flatworm)
  4. Corixidae (Lesser water-boatman)
  5. Dytiscidae (Diving beetle)
  6. Hydrophilidae (Scavenger water beetle)
  7. Physidae (Bladder snail)
  8. Planorbidae (Rams horn snail)
  9. Sphaeriidae (Pea mussel)
  10. Glossiphonidae (Leech)
  11. Asellidae (Water hog-louse)
  12. Chironomidae (Midge fly larva)
  13. Oligochaeta (Worms)

List of macrophytes found:
  1. Iris pseudacorus (Flag Iris)
  2. Juncus effusus (Soft rush)
  3. Mentha aquatica (Water mint)
  4. Myosotis (Forget-me-not)
  5. Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (Water cress)
  6. Scrophularia auriculata (Water figwort)
  7. Stachys palustris (Marsh woundwort)
  8. Lemna minor (Common duckweed)
  9. Lemna trisulca (Ivy-leaved duckweed)

Comments:
A couple of dead chub were noticed at this pond, though live carp were seen in the middle of the pond and sticklebacks were caught in the pond net.

The perimeter of the pond was walked and the aquatic species found were noted.

A 3 minute sweep sample with a pond net was collected again around the perimeter of the pond. The sample was then analysed on the bankside and the invertebrates noted. We did not note abundances only presence.

Task List - Reevy Mill Dam

Reevy Mill

Friday 12th September, 2014
Reevy Mill Dam, Buttershaw

Captain Brass took able charge of the boat again today. Together with the enthusiastic assistance of David they managed to retrieve the accumulated litter from the water whilst others worked around the edge and in the grassy areas. Thanks to the Clean Team for collecting the rubbish.

We also cut and raked the grass, to benefit the wildflowers and cut back branches around the pathway.

8 volunteers

Friday 20th September 2013 Reevy Mill Dam, Reevy Road, Bradford, BD6

We were joined by a group of employees from Santander. This was a good thing as we had to cut the meadow areas by hand using our scythes and sickles. But the group was not overawed in fact the Santander employees enthused about not having to answer a phone all day. The majority of the people on site were either; cutting, raking, stacking or mowing the vegetation for the day and we disturbed many frogs from the grass, they will be able to find more shelter in the remaining long grass. We took the boat as well and were able to collect the litter, other general rubbish and fishing line that had made its way into the pond over the year since we last did it. Putting on the waders it was possible to clear the litter from the edges too. The Moorhens and Cotes will be grateful not to share their home with so much rubbish in future. The path edges and the perimeter hedges were given a cut back and this will make it easier to move around the site.
A very worthwhile day, that has prepared the site for the forthcoming months and our thanks to the Santander employees for their help.

Today we worked with 20 volunteers.

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Friday 12th October 2012: Reevy Mill Dam, Reevy Road, Buttershaw, Bradford, BD6

The task today was mainly to cut and rake off the grass areas of the site. This will allow the grasses and wildflowers a chance to grow again next year and provide useful habitat for the insects and birds that visit the site. The grass was cut with the autoscythe and then raked off with hay rakes and taken to site edges with pitch forks. We also organised the boat to be on site and this gave us a chance to clear litter from the reeds around the edges of the pond. Two brave and willing souls braved the vessel and the elements and set off for the unknown. The journey revealed a surprising amount of debris like shed panels and footballs, which had to be carefully manoeuvred to get out of the water. Another job that we undertook was cutting back of the overhanging braches along the roadside. At the end of the day the site was looking very different to when we started.

Today we worked with 8 volunteers.

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Friday 23rd Sep 2011: Reevy Mill Dam, Reevy Road, Buttershaw, Bradford, BD6

Using the boat to collect litterUsing the boat to collect litter We took the boat to the site today so that we were able to collect litter that has accumulated in amongst the reeds. This is the least intrusive time of year for this as moorhens have successfully nested there for a number of years now. It proved very successful and with this and the other litter collected around the site we collected some 15 bags, a shopping trolley, 5 footballs and various bits of plastic toys. Other members of the team were able to make a start on the cutting and raking of the meadow areas. We worked using both the autoscythe on the large flat areas and the hand scythes on the smaller areas and around the borders. This work benefits not only the appearance of the site but will allow the ground flora to develop in particular the meadow cranesbill and vetch which make a good display of colour in the summer.

Today there were 15 volunteers.

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Thursday 28th July 2011: Reevy Mill Dam, Reevy Road, Wibsey and Great Northern Railway Trail Queensbury

A half day visit to both sites to continue with our management programmes of work.

Friday 24th September: Reevy Mill Dam, Reevy Road, Wibsey, BD6

keeping the path clearKeeping the path clearToday we made our annual trip on to the water to collect the litter which accumulates; this included traffic signs and plastic bottles. We also carried out our other annual job of cutting the grassed areas using the autoscythe and hand scythes, as well as the regular job of keeping the pathways open and collecting litter.

Today we worked with 18 volunteers.

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Friday 14th May 2010: Reevy Mill Dam, Reevy Road, Wibsey, BD6

Canada Geese with goslingsCanada Geese with goslingsToday’s visit concentrated on meadow management, this involved cutting some of the grass areas that are likely to be used by the public to keep the site accessible, while leaving other areas to grow long and allow the wildflowers to bloom. This will provide nectar for insects including butterflies during the summer. The site has benefited from regular litter collections but we still managed to collect a number of fly tipped items and general litter. After some further general maintenance we found ourselves in the unusaul position of completing our work. This gave us the opportunity to split into two groups one to visit Brackenhill to check the bridge and the other to visit BEES UNR to check on and remove the giant hogweed.

Today we worked with 12 volunteers

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Friday 23rd October 2009: Reevy Mill Dam, Reevy Road, Wibsey, BD6

Friday 23rd October 2009: Fishing for litterFishing for litter

 Today we once again combined with the Prince's Trust team, which gave us a good number of people on site. This meant that we were able to take the boat on to the pond to carry out some much needed litter clearance around the edges. It seems that not only was there litter that had been blown into the pond by the wind but we removed road signs and toys that must of been trown in. We also managed to get a good amount of the resurfacing work completed and was pleased with the result after the wacker plate had been driven over. 

Today we worked with 22 volunteers. 

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Friday 16th October 2009: Reevy Mill Dam, Reevy Road, Wibsey, BD6

Friday 16th October 2009clearing the path

Today our group was joined by a group of young people from Prince's Trust and there was 26 people on site. Together we were able to make a real difference to the site and completed the task of stripping the overgrown turf from the path. We also carried out litter collecting, cutting the grass and pruning overhanging branches. This sets us up very well for next week when we will overlay a new surface and hope to complete the path improvement work.

Today we worked with 15 volunteers and 9 young people from Prince's Trust

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Friday 4th Sept: Reevy Mill Dam, Reevy Road, Wibsey

Reevy Mill DamReevy Mill DamThe day was spent cutting the grass and nettle areas and continuing to clear the path. We also had to remove some damaged tree branches.

Eleven volunteers worked today with a mixture of traditional hand tools - the scythes, sickles and hay rakes - and the auto-scythe with allows efficient cutting at the base of the vegetation.

We normally take our boat to the dam at this time of year to collect litter in the reeds, however today we focused on the waters edge and grassland. Several passers-by commented on the reduction for litter for the site.We appreciate the support of the Clean Team who collected the bulky waste.

Task List - Redcliffe Community Orchard

Fri 17th Oct: Redcliffe Community Orchard

We have supported the local food growing project for the last six years and we will be returning to the site for the annual cutting of the grass, littering picking and pruning of the trees.

We have changed the date of this task so we can link with a Family Learning Week event held at Woodville Centre. We will be running several sessions to introduce people to the site, conservation volunteering, growing local food and wildlife gardening.

Redcliffe Community Orchard Oct 17th 08Redcliffe Community Orchard Oct 17th 08 When we arrived on site we found to our surprise that the grass had been cut. But unfortunately the cutting by brush cutting machines had caused damage to most of the trees. We have carefully cut the grass by hand these past six years. We are now in discussions with the land owners who arranged the work and the local Community Centre who want to use the site for a growing project. Which is the good news. A Horticulturalist is to advise on the damage and remedial treatment. So its fingers crossed that the follow up work will be successful and avoid the canker that has previously infected the trees.

Whilst we were there we linked up with the Family Learners Week that was being held at Woodville Centre. We hosted a group of young people who we showed around the site, tasted apples and talked to them about growing fruit trees. We also tidied up the site and removed litter.

7 volunteers were involved today and our thanks to them.