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GWT Christmas Buffet - December 2023

Beaver Valley - November 2023

MoRPh Surveying - July 2023

The Dean Green Team Annual Barbecue - June 2023

The Beavers kits have arrived! - June 2023

The Beavers and a Water Rail - January 2023

In memory of Mark Westgate - 15 January 2023

 

 

GWT Christmas Buffet - December 2023

We were out at Wigpool GWT Reserve in the morning continuing to do heathland restoration (See 12 December 2023)

 

However, at lunchtime we had all been invited to the Pludds Village Hall by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust for a buffet as a thank you from them for our volunteering over the past year. This was a very good social occasion and much enjoyed by all the volunteers. We had a quiz to do in teams - it was very tricky!

 

We found this Holly tree to celibrate Christmas!

 

Some of our team finishing their lunch!

 

We were joined by Andrew McLaughlin who is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and has promised to come out with us one day.

 

Beaver Valley - November 2023

If you have visited the Beaver site recently you may have noticed the water levels increasing at the outflow end of the beaver site, creating a lovely pool. The beavers have after all this time decided to build a small dam against the outflow and as we want to keep this culvert clear we installed a beaver flow device to try to ensure the flow of water can continue through.

 

They have also rebuilt the next dam upstream, just a little way from the culvert. This was a dam that was first built in 2018, then abandoned early 2019 until 2020 when the beavers built it up again, but then they let it fall into disrepair again until now. It is holding back plenty of water now, so the lower part of the enclosure is now getting deep enough for the beavers to swim happily most of the way from their burrow lodge to this dam.

 

MoRPh Surveying - July 2023

We are doing MoRPh surveying at various places in the forest as part of the Water Project plan.

 

This explains why and what MoRPh surveying is!

 

 

The Dean Green Team Annual Barbecue - June 2023

Every year we have an annual barbeque which is cooked by our rangers as a thank you for all our hard work over the year.

 

This year our venue was the Glade at Beechenhurst where we could use the gas barbeque (no fires!). We had a sumptuous spread with home made cider!

 

 

The Beavers kits have arrived! - June 2023

Last Friday, 2 June 2023, the cameras were checked at the beaver site and found that we now have beaver kits at Greathough Brook!

We have seen 2 kits with their Mum. They are still living in the same burrow in the bank, which we had suspected as there had been a lot of burrow maintenance going on over the last few weeks. The Dad is helping and has been busy adding sticks and mud to the burrow roof.

This burrow whilst dug into the bank, is close to the ground level of the bank, so over the years, holes had appeared in the ''roof''. The beavers always swiftly mend any holes and so the burrow now has a neat ''thatched'' roof giving rise to a burrow lodge. The family appear to be very well, with regular outings with the kits being seen on the cameras each night. The kits would have been born sometime in April, but do not venture out of their burrow lodge into the big wide world for a month or two. Now they are coming out nightly we should get some great camera footage to enable us to follow their progress.

 

Mum and two kits 28th May 2023

 

 

Parent and kit coming down slide together 27th May 23.

The kit thinks this slope is steep! 31st May 2023.

 

The Beavers and a Water Rail - January 2023

This image was captured last November and shows the beavers grooming each other.

 

And just as exciting a photo of a Water Rail visiting the site. Water rails are not a common bird and are very secretive so to 'catch' one on the camera is a real treat.

Smaller and distinctly slimmer than the moorhen, the water rail is a fairly common but highly secretive inhabitant of freshwater wetlands. It has chestnut-brown and black upperparts, grey face and underparts and black-and-white barred flanks, and a long red bill. Difficult to see in the breeding season, it is relatively easier to find in winter, when it is also more numerous and widespread. Although usually secretive they can become confident but are still far more often heard than seen

 

 

In memory of Mark Westgate - 15 January 2023

Exactly a year ago, one of our long standing Dean Green Team members, Mark Westgate, died. His daughter had invited us to join her family and friends at the Arboretum to have a moment to remember him.

 

Mark had been with the Dean Green Team for many years and was great company. He is sorely missed by us all.