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Works Diary


Works Diary for  August




This month’s work has mostly been general maintenance with the clearing of excessive growth from varies areas in the dene.


We also completed the repairs to the stone seat at the west end of the lower dene.


The Annual Moth Night was attended 27 people, and 13 new species were recorded.


We also had our annual inspection with Jackie Hunter from North Tyneside Council. 


Overall she was very pleased with our work and maintenance in the Wildlife Site and has suggested a few ways that would further improve the area.


With a few of our volunteers on holiday this month we have still put in 173 hours of work in the dene.



In the Upper Reach we have completed the rebuild of the stone seat.


Footpaths have been cleared from over hanging branches and bramble runners.



In the Middle Reach the southern footpath has been cleared of any overgrowth and the burn at the west end near the dam has been cleared of all excessive growth.



In the Lower Reach we have cleared some of the bindweed and  along the edges of the footpaths.



Dene Top we have cleared along the natural walkways at the west end, and dug out some dock and bramble runners from the wild flower areas.


We have also cleared brambles and other overgrowth from along the fences bat both ends of the dene.



Throughout the month we have litter pick the whole of the dene collecting only 2 bags of litter.

 



Photos of some of this work along can be seen on the August Photo Page.



 


 











Works Diary for July


This month has mainly been general maintenance with some clearing and planting.

 

Receiving the Green Flag (Community Award) again has made all the work in the dene worthwhile.

 

The annual Bio Blitz was held on the last Saturday of the month, and the recording 6 new species has brought our total recorded species to 1003.

 

We also had a visit by Marine park school for a day in the dene, this was organised by MY Tyne and the Tyne Rivers Trust. We had 90 children plus 20 Instructors, teachers and parents taking part

 

We also took part in the Big Butterfly Count for the Butterfly Conservation, the day was not perfect but we find a reasonable number.


 

In the Upper Reach the footpaths have been cleared of any overgrowth, we had hoped to start on repairing the stone seat at the west end; but this will now be done in August.


The whole area has been litter picked during the month.



In the Middle Reach we have cut back and cleared along the southern footpath, the whole area has been litter picked during the month.


 

In the Lower Reach we have cut and cleared the steps down from the scout hut, the eastern steps and along the crazy paved path.


The whole area has been litter picked during the month.



Dene Top we have had 2 sessions of planting the last of the home grown wild flower plugs along the south side of the main footpath. Oiled all the woodwork on the observation platform and litter picked the whole dene top.


 

3 bags of Litter were collected this month.



Photos of some of this work along can be seen on the July Photo Page.

























Works Diary for September



September has been a month of cutting, clearing and maintenance.


The annual grass cutting has been completed in the upper and lower dene.


North Tyneside Council again were involved with the cutting all the lower dene areas and did an excellent job of work.


The upper dene has been cut back with a cutter and bailer from Whitley Bay Golf Club, this has saved us 6 weeks of raking up on the dene top.



In the Upper Reach the section around the new trees at the western end has be cut and cleared, along with the section around the longstone seat. 


All the wild flower and grass areas have been machine cut.



In the Middle Reach all the wild flower and grass areas have been machine cut.



In the Lower Reach the southern bank has been cut back and a start has been made on cutting the eastern bank, we have started to clear the green waste from the main cut.


All the wild flower and grass areas have been machine cut.



On the Dene Top some cutting and clearing has been done, and more bramble runner have been dug out before the main machine cutting.



2 bags of Litter were collected this month.

 



Photos of some of this work along can be seen on the September Photo Page.




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