SPECIES IN THE BRIERDENE WILDLIFE SITE IS NOW 984
This year a total of 2240 Volunteer hours were worked in the
dene. We would like to thank all our
volunteers, members and supporters, including the local schools, groups
and businesses that have helped with the conservation work throughout the
Many thanks North Tyneside Council and Capita Symonds
for their help and support.
VANDALISM IN THE DENE
November we replaced the Perspex in the information boards after they were
spray painted. Then both the boards in
the lower dene were damaged again and ripped out of the ground and thrown in
We have designed new boards and will installing them later in the
thanks to Bay Plastics who have supplied the Perspex for the new boards.
have been ripped off a number of trees in the lower dene, and the willow hedge
in the upper reach was pulled up and thrown into the burn. Three bags of beer
cans were also collected.
have had minor damage before but nothing on this scale; most of the trees
damaged were willows and they will regrow over time.
If we do not get any
further vandalism we will repair the damage over the next couple of months, and
once spring arrives the new growth on the trees will improve the lower dene.
See Photos on December Photo Page
new species were recorded this month, but I have one mushroom that I cannot
identify at present.
have also received a number of reports of a Kingfisher being seen in the dene
over the holidays.
on the Species Information Page
Most of this month has been taken up clearing the damage from the vandalism,
but we have made a start on clearing along the main footpath on the dene top.
We have also sown wild flower seeds from the Postcode Lottery grant in both the
upper and lower dene.
We also need to start trimming back the growth at the treeline along the north
bank, along the southern footpath, and to the hedge line on the dene top.
will also start on digging out the bramble runners from the wild flower areas.