Willow planting at Fobney

Work to create a nature reserve on the land between the River Kennet and the Kennet & Avon Canal (Fobney Island, SU703711), an ROC and CROW working party planted about 2000 willow whips last week. The aim is to provide a willow hedge screen along the river bank to reduce disturbance to birds in the middle of the island.

Our thanks to the eight volunteers who got the job done so quickly. For those unable to come, there will be lots more opportunities in the future!

Sadly, this winter has been so dry that there has been no flooding, so few ducks and waders. However, I have been surprised by the number of stonechats to be seen on the island and surrounding fields.

Renton Righelato - 9 March 2005