Thursday, 6 December 2012

Progress ...

Heyshott Escarpment, 24 October 2012

Today saw the fourth of our weekly conservation work parties at Heyshott Escarpment.

Fabulous results have already been achieved this season, as a large amount of scrub and secondary woodland has successfully been cleared. In addition, records were smashed today as, for the first time in memory, we cleared so much scrub that three substantial bonfires were required; the tiny holes that cover my clothing standing testament to the intensity of the heat of their aerial embers.

Much of the area we are currently working on is the site of an old rubbish tip linked to the former chalk quarry; as numerous old metal buckets, fragments of broken glass and barbed wire were found. Nearby lies the site of the old limekilns which once served the industrial process; we are currently working just to the northwest of this area. The image below, which I took on 12th March 2012, shows the eastern sector of the reserve looking south. The 'Camels Humps' are just visible to the left of the centre of the picture; just to the right of the chalk track. An area of cleared ground lies just to the right. The old limekilns are located just to the north of this area. As I left the reserve shortly after 1pm, a Small White and a Comma made the most of the sun, which was just starting to burn through the lifting cloud …

Roll on next week ...

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