Pond Maintenance

We have been having work parties over the past few weeks on our ponds, clearing brambles and pulling out reeds. These jobs need to be done to keep the ponds in good shape to benefit as wide a range of wildlife as possible.

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Once the breeding and nesting season is over we can safely do the work causing the minimum disturbance. Brambles and reeds are the most invasive plants and are controlled by cutting down the brambles and pulling up the reeds. Some reedbed is maintained mainly on the edges of the ponds or marshy land adjacent.

Also some tree management will be done and hides refurbished.

All the ponds are looking good this year and thanks to all the rain the water levels have stayed well up this summer.

Further news, the CWA have been releasing  English Partridges in the Kingston Seymour area and two broods have been reported this year. Partridge are a natural species and until about forty years ago where common but agricultural practices caused their numbers to decline that they more or less disappeared as a breeding bird around here. However farming nowadays in our area has changed and we hope that these birds could reestablish themselves.

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CWA Gundog scurry results

The scurry was held last Sunday consisting of 4 retrieves.

First retrieve, a hundred yard marked retrieve followed by a blind from the same position.

Second retrieve, a blind retrieve from 50 yards.

Third retrieve, marked 100 yards over a ditch and a marsh.

Fourth retrieve, marked retrieve over a small tidal river at low tide.

All retrieves were timed and the winner was Bruce with Fidget, runner up was Stuart with Tarka and third was Ian with Drake.

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Bruce on the right receiving the trophy.

 

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“It’s somewhere up there boy!”

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“Found it Boss!”

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A good day was had by all!

Conservation projects

Attwells pond work party July 2016 (11)

We now have funding for two projects, each on separate sites that we own.

One is the installation of four sluices on the ends of ditches on the site. The sluices will enable us to better control the water levels in ditches and the flooding in the fields as well as keeping the ground wetter.

The other is to create a scrape/splash this will be at the land which we recently purchased. An area of about 3000 square metres adjacent to a 10 acre pond will be reduced down so it remains wet and/or flooded depending on the time of year.

Both projects will benefit all wildlife but in particular waders, providing a feeding habitat as well as a high tide roost and hopefully a breeding place in the future.

These projects have to  be completed by March 2018 so we will be posting progress as it happens.

Family Clay Shoot

Clays shot

We managed to hit a few

The JULY clay shoot will be on Sunday 16th, 10am – 12am and will be a family shoot. It will include airguns, black powder, muzzle loading and the usual clay layout plus some novice stands. Hot filled rolls and tea and coffee available.

The next shoot will be on Sunday, June 18 as usual.

For more information email clevedonwildfowling@gmail.com