30 November 2014

Pond clearance at Staines Moor: 30 November

Rachel and I spent a few hours today volunteering with Spelthorne Natural History Society and Egham and Staines Conservation Volunteers, clearing bulrush and other spreading plants from Butts Pond and nearby pools. Butts Pond supports a nationally scarce diving beetle, as well as other aquatic invertebrates and amphibians, therefore it is important to keep the ponds open.

During the work a Cetti's Warbler remained hidden around Butts Pond calling occasionally and a Linnet flew over south. A quick look around Staines Moor early afternoon produced 8 Stonechat, 40+ Fieldfare at the north end, a few Redwing, 1 Common Buzzard, 2+ Common Kestrel, and a Pied Wagtail. No sign of any Water Pipits in a brief search and we didn't try for the Dartford Warbler.

It was great to get my hands dirty helping to manage the habitat on Staines Moor, as well as meet Nick Orson, Peter Routley, Adrian Griffee and Shaun Ferguson. Will definitely be getting more involved with the habitat management on the Moor in the future.

Removing bulrush from one of the ponds on Staines Moor today (Photo by Shaun Ferguson)

1 comment:

  1. Good stuff mate, well done. Again, sorry I couldn't be there. Hopefully next time!