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12 November 2013

Tidenham Chase FC/GWT/RSPB Reserve

Grid Ref ST559994



The difference on this site since we were last here in 2012 is immense! There is a lot of small birch rapidly growing but we were asked to leave it as it is contracted out to be used for the steeplechase fence building on the Chepstow racecourse. This meant that we took down the leggy gorse instead and also cleaned out one of the ponds. Great crested newts survive in all the ponds on Tidenham and one was seen this day. We did not see the Exmoor ponies today as the density of the shrub was too deep.

We spent the day with a journalist, Ali Ray, who is writing an article about us for the Camping and Caravanning Club which will appear in the February 2014 edition. Her theme was to do with people getting out and about in the countryside and looking for volunteering opportunities. She interviewed a few of the team and, as there were 25 of us out on this day, she got many different answers to some of her questions! For example:

Favourite site? Worst site? Reasons why we joined? Wildlife encountered? Funniest moment? Worst moment?








The team amassed for a group photo on such a beautiful day.





This must have been the largest tree trunk collected during the day!






This is the billowing smoke from the fire with the sun poking through behind. Even though it was a glorious autumn day the vegetation was soaking wet so the fire took a long time to get really red and hot.

















































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