Posted by: lensweb | October 19, 2011

Wetland Management at Forbes Hole

Volunteers from Friends of Forbes Hole along with workers from Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire donned waders and wellies on Tuesday for a task session at Forbes Hole Nature Reserve, Long Eaton. The priority was to remove reedmace from an area of the small pond, and also removal of several small overhanging trees and partially submerged branches. Please click in images for larger versions.

Forbes Hole reedmace removal

Removing Reedmace from the small pond

It is important to manage ponds to control the amount of open water and to prevent the eventual transition to woodland, which would occur by the process of natural plant succession (hydrosere). A map supplied by Alan Heath showed that the percentage of emergent vegetation on the pond had increased from 40% in 1967 to an alarming 90% in 1993. Controlled areas of emergent reed are desirable for nesting birds however.

Marion using crome

Left: Marion uses a right angled crome – a rake-like tool to uproot and drag the vegetation to dry land near the waters edge. This will allow any attached pond creatures the opportunity to return to the open water.

David with Bow SawCentre: David using a bow saw to cut the larger tree branches.

forbes_hole_18-10-11_4Bottom: Me, making light work of cutting the smaller branches.

If you would like to join Friends of Forbes Hole and Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire on any of the task sessions on the reserve, you would be most welcome. Details of future volunteer dates can be found in the Programme section.


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