Work party

Work party

 
 The development of the Buriton Chalk Pits Local Nature Reserve has been followed in this blog from the initial Open Day to the guided walks, the animal sculptures and interpretation panels.  There is now a small but growing group of volunteers who keep and eye out for problems, collect litter and report wildlife sightings.
They have just had their first group work party where 15 people spent the morning cutting back scrub and clearing the paths. To celebrate this happy occasion soup was provided afterwards in the nearby Five Bells public house (lunch boxes will be required for future sessions).
 
Young rangers

Young rangers

 
 The plan is now to meet on a regular basis in order to catch up on all the key tasks in the management plan. The contact for anyone who would like to get involved is Abi Peet, the site ranger. Her e-mail address is abi.peett@hotmail.com and telephone 02392 595040. 
 
Work party

Work party

 
The final image shows a large area cleared of scrub and young tree saplings. Last summer a few orchids struggled through the thick undergrowth to find what little sunlight was available. Next year the area will burst in to life as the seed bank, which has remained dormant for many years, acts as a memory for times past.
 
For more information on the Buriton project go to the community web-site on http://buriton.info/news   
 
 
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