I spent this morning with Crewe & Nantwich Conservation Volunteers (CNCV) out at Wybunbury Moss doing a task for Natural England. I missed the last task two weeks ago, and with the early weather looking sparkling, I was keen not to miss another.
The group is a frequent visitor to the Moss and we have worked in today’s particular spot a few times over the past couple of years. We were removing trees to soften the edge where the woodland meets wet pastureland on the outside of the Moss. The strip that we have cleared so far has transformed over the summer, turning from a big patch of mud to an area of lush reeds and regrowing coppice. This regrowth of the understorey plants will provide good habitats for breeding birds over the coming years but we will no doubt have to return to the cleared areas every so often to cut it back again.
Unfortunately, I could only stay for the morning – I had work to do – but at least I could go out for part of the day and enjoy the first fire of the autumn, it had been a while!