Work has started on the construction of a log store in Elliker Wood. We plan to move most of the log piles (others are habitat piles) from Elliker Wood and some from Ox Close so that the logs can season for a couple of years under cover before they are used. We intend to start selling logs to the community in the autumn of 2017.
This Autumn, three Dexter calves have done an excellent job in eating most of the coarse grasses in Elliker Field. this should, hopefully, have the desired effect of allowing the smaller delicate Spring flowers to flourish next year. Only time will tell…..
Additional volunteer work this winter will include reducing the scrub and bramble cover.
Students from Bardsey School enjoyed enormously their day on the 12th October pond dipping in East Keswick Marsh. After the event, they all wrote letters of thanks which included excellent sketches of many of the creatures they found. Here a re a couple of the letters… there’s not enough room to put them all.
Bardey School learning about the Yellow Fish Campaign when years 5 and 6 visited the reserves this summer to learn about the water quality in our local becks. This visit followed on from a practical demonstration in school by The Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust on many aspects of caring for our rivers.
The Yellow Fish Campaign is a Government scheme to raise awareness about sources of water pollution and the quality of water in streams, rivers, lakes or ponds. The hope is to put a yellow fish sign alongside all surface water drains to remind people that whatever does down the drain ends up in our streams.
In July EKWT ran a course on Managing Woodland for biodiversity and sustainability for Flora Locale. The feedback after the course was excellent. They were extremely impressed at the amount and diversity of management work we have achieved in Elliker and Ox Close Wood.
The East Keswick Wildlife Trust introduced the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust to Bardsey Primary School. The YDRT brought along an Educational River Table which demonstrates the process of how rivers flow and what affects flooding, erosion and pollution. The students will be visiting the Marsh with the EKWT to look at the beck and its flora and the Trust’s surveying methods.
The local Beavers group visited Elliker Wood and Field where they explored, climbed trees and discovered the wide variety of butterflies, bees and wild flowers.
Photos of recent events and projects. Click on an image to enlarge it.
East Keswick Wildlife Trust is delighted to report that work in Elliker Wood, the new community nature reserve in the heart of East Keswick, is nearly complete. We have opened up the woodland, creating wide tracks through the wood to enhance the habitat for wildlife and also to make access easier.
Part of this work has been funded by a grant from Green Leeds Limited and a Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. We are extremely grateful for their support. Everyone is welcome to visit the reserve at any time and we are always looking for volunteers to join our popular Friday work-parties. For more information, please visit www.ekwt.org.uk. 01937 574140.
Over the last few years the Marsh becomes very overgrown during the summer months with tall herbage that swamps the more delicate plants such as Marsh Marigold.
The Trust’s present project is to fence the central areas of the Marsh with the purpose of being able to introduce livestock to graze off much of this tall herbage. The fencing is in progress but will take another month or so to complete.
Livestock will include cows, and because they need water, Dan Turner from the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust (he gave the talk and last month’s AGM) has installed a hi-tec solar-powered water pump which means that we are neither reliant on a mains water source nor do we have to allow the cows to drink from the stream.The water quality of East Keswick Beck is currently very poor and is one of the YDRT’s targets for water quality improvement. The water pump with its trough means that the cattle do not need to drink from the beck as their feet and heavy body weights cause “poaching” (puddling of the mud) on the bankside which would wash into the beck which would add to the pollution of the beck.