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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wed 9th Aug 2017 - Shademakers, Castleworks, Wroxall. GG # 697.

Alison's Photographs.

Trimming back along the footpath.

Look carefully and you will see someone tunnelling through
the undergrowth…!

More footpath work.

Meanwhile, along the approach road..

Wow-where did all that undergrowth go???

Working hard on the approach track.

Looking much tidier now!

The job isn't finished until everything is shipshape.

When you look up the weather on a Wednesday morning, prior to setting out to the GG session, you DO NOT want to see this….. "Yellow weather warning for torrential rain across the Isle of Wight"..! Never mind, off we all went to the wilds of Wroxall and, as it turned out, the heavy rain held off until we had just about finished. After a quick chat about what needed to be done, we split into various groups and started work. Perhaps the biggest job was to tackle the overgrown area between the yard and the footpath, although the parking area and approach track were also treated to a "haircut". Come tea break, the wonderful ladies at Shademakers treated us to their legendary cakes - so, so yummy! Just as we were finishing up the weather took a turn for the worse and the rain started to get heavier.

Many thanks to Alison for the photographs and the Shademaker ladies for the super cakes.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Wed 2nd August 2017 - Lynch Copse, Newchurch. GG # 696.

Alison's Photographs.

This week we were at a new site – Lynch Copse, Parsonage Farm in Newchurch. This was accessed via Martin’s Wood (aka the Bee Fields).  It is privately owned and we were given permission to pull Himalayan Balsam on the land to help prevent the spread of HB into Martin’s Wood.  In complete contrast to last week where the terrain was open and flat-ish, this week we were in dense cover on a steep slope.  The bracken, nettles and HB were, in places, over 6ft tall (see pic with Alex – he is 6’2”).  In some places the HB was quite a way from the river and the seeds could well have been spread via wild animals, the wind and machinery used on the land.  By the end of the session good progress had been made – however, we could also see a considerable amount of HB that hadn’t been touched at all and it is unlikely we will revisit this year - perhaps a few visits next year will be scheduled?

As last week, waterproofs were essential as the rain was relentless.  The Jet stream is responsible for the current bout of wet weather and needs a hearty shove northwards – it is summer after all!

A weather note from Bob the Blog.

This was the rain radar map taken at 10:45, during the GG session. Doesn't get much wetter than that, even allowing for the fact that it is COWES WEEK….! Roll on summer.

Many thanks to Alison for the editorial and photographs this week.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wed 26th July 2017 - Barrncourt Farm, Wroxall. GG # 695.

Alison's Photographs.

Mark's Photographs.

14 intrepid GG members braved the rain for Pesky Plant Pulling.  We were here just a few weeks ago and returned to carry on the good work pulling the Himalayan Balsam.  We split into two groups with some working down by the stream and in the adjoining fields, while the remainder walked up the road and into the field alongside the public footpath where the seeds are spread by walkers and their dogs.  By the end of the session considerable progress had been made and, as far as we could see, no pink remained in the fields.  We were accompanied by swallows swooping and catching insects and the calls of buzzards. 

Many thanks to Alison for both the photographs and editorial.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wed 19th July 2017 - Watershoot Bay, St Catherine's. GG # 694.

Terry's Photographs.

A rather grey day.

A Stonechat.

Cormorants and "Sammy" the seal (top right)

Getting started.

Certainly NOT easy pickings..!

One of the recorders takes a break.

Part of an ammonite fossil.

"Sammy" watchers at tea break.

Trying to accurately record the all the findings.

Some of the litter haul.

On Tuesday night we had heavy electrical storms over the Island which left us with a cloudy start to Wednesday. Having made the long trek down the hill from the car park, we were pleasantly surprised to see that the beach looked relatively litter free (nothing like our last visit Wed 11th May 2016 - Watershoot Bay, St Catherine's…) First looks can be deceptive and we were soon busy collecting all those strange things that we find on this beach. (Unlike previous years, this time we DID NOT find a toilet seat!) As per usual, we were not only collecting the litter but recording every detail which is then incorporated in a national survey. During our session, "Sammy" the seal was frequently seen just off the rocks and kept us entertained during the tea break. 

Have a look at this link to decide which kind of seal Sammy was -
 Common and Grey Seals |  (- I am going for the grey variety) As for the answer to "What is the collective noun for seals?", the following was found on the internet Pod, Bob, Harem, Herd, Rookery - so take your pick.

Perhaps we collected less than previous years but that meant ranging further across those uneven rocks which can be very hard going! The photographs above show the results of our efforts so well done everyone! Come the end of a strenuous session you then have the challenge of climbing the hill back up to the car park…. a true Green Gym work-out…!

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs.