Task Reports

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Conservation Work - Past

Northcliffe Woods Pond.

Northcliffe Woods Pond. Bradford Place. Bradford. BD18-4QZ.

This was our second visit to Northcliffe pond this year. We dug out enough silt and mud from the pond to clear a large channel and allow a small waterfall to run at either end of the pond where it meets the stream.  We barrowed the silt to the banking of the woodland and spread it in as natural a way as possible to break down into the woodland soil. Fortunately the weather stayed fine for us as we carried out this at times strenuous task. 

Lower Fields Primary School

Lower Fields Primary School. Fenby Ave. Bradford. BD4 8RG

Volunteers worked really hard to  complete the  meadow management and pond clearance tasks, leaving the site prepared for the winter months. We did some pond dipping and saw newts,  damselfly nymphs and a leech among other things. Our recent new volunteers have shown flair for using scythes, so we got the task completed in good time manually. 

 

Lower Fields Primary School

Lower Fields Primary School. Fenby Ave. Bradford. BD4 8RG

We carried out meadow management on Lower fields extensive meadow land using traditional hand tools such as scythes, before we mowed. The pond was also cleared of unwanted vegetation by approximately one third. This was to keep the area around a bridge free from vegetation, so the children can pond dip easily from the bridge. Another benefit of clearance is to keep a healthy balance of plants and to stop more vigorous plants outcompeting more delicate plants.

We also saw three Friday frogs camouflaged by and hiding in the grass and what looked like a Tiger Moth caterpillar.

 

 

Northcliffe Woods

Northcliffe Woods Pond. Bradford Place. Bradford. BD18-4QZ.

We made a good start clearing the pond and dug out the silt and mud to create a channel. This is quite a difficult task but the  pond is an unusual resource for wildlife in the  woodland and despite it’s manmade origins this pond has had stonefly larva in it, indicated unpolluted waters and will offer good  wildlife value for the wood. We will do another visit this month to complete the task. 

Bowling Community Orchard.

Bowling Park Community Orchard. Bowling Park Allotments. Bowling Park Drive. BD4 7ES

We finished clearing the majority of the meadow and all the pathways. We also carried out repairs to the render on the Apple Store after it had been broken into and  harvested more apples.

Urban Nature Reserve

Bradford University Campus. Laisteridge Lane.

A productive day, the grass was cut using scythes and sickles and a clear path for groups was mown. We cleared duckweed from the ponds and removed branches from the woodland area where there are species rich areas of wildflowers, to encourage them to spread and made habitat piles from the branches. We also removed wood avens and other unwanted plants.

The new benches were painted  with linseed oil to preserve them. The oil has really brought out the colour of the red cedarwood. 
 

 

Bowling Community Orchard

Bowling Park Community Orchard. Bowling Park Allotments. Bowling Park Drive. BD4 7ES

We made a great start carrying out the annual  meadow cut using traditional tools such as  scythes and sickles, raking off the arisings to keep the fertility of the grass low and to encourage the wildflowers to thrive. We collected wildflower seeds with a view to creating a nursery area in our roof garden for  propagating them.   

Urban Nature Reserve

Bradford University Campus. Laisteridge Lane.

We completed the benches today and laid the woodchip along the paths and seating areas and it all looks fantastic. Volunteers also cleared back some branches that were damaged or encroaching on the paths around the site and created habitat piles from the arisings. 

Urban Nature Reserve

Bradford University Campus. Laisteridge Lane.

Our delivery of woodchip and benches came this morning, both consisting of locally sourced red cedarwood, so we  cleared the last of the woodchip from the paths in preparation and started constructing the new benches.