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RECORDED SPECIES IN THE BRIERDENE WILDLIFE SITE IS NOW 984




NEWS


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 year.


Many thanks North Tyneside Council and Capita Symonds for their help and support.


VANDALISM IN THE DENE



In 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 the burn.


We have designed new boards and will installing them later in the year.

Many thanks to Bay Plastics who have supplied the Perspex for the new boards.


Branches 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.


We 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


No new species were recorded this month, but I have one mushroom that I cannot identify at present.


I have also received a number of reports of a Kingfisher being seen in the dene over the holidays.


More details on the Species Information Page




WORK SCHEDULE


December: 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.


January: 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.


We will also start on digging out the bramble runners from the wild flower areas.