|We don't often see the river gauge this high|
As I walked upstream to the weir I saw 4 goosander frantically battling the current, but looking quite comical as they "swam" backwards down the channel.
|We don't often see the weir running so fast either|
Onwards to the newly excavated ponds...... Visitors may not realise just how much work has gone into this project already but its making a massive difference to the prospects for pond dipping next year. The ponds are now about 4ft deep in places and very muddy at present. Over winter they will settle and clear if we can avoid disturbing the water as much as possible and all the seeds, roots, eggs and hibernating pondlife will gradually reappear. When weather permits we will put some information there about the project.
|By June this year the ponds had dried out|
|What a difference! There are now 2 ponds, with an island in the lower one and an overflow to carry water out towards Tag Cut|
|Roll on Christmas?|
|The fungus on the stump looks really bright in the rain|
|How deep is the hole on the peanut stump? |
Roughly half a squirrel deep!
As I walked back over the canal bridge to the car park I spotted the goosanders enjoying a more sheltered stretch of water on the Calder & Hebble and decided they had the best idea, so headed back home for a nice cup of tea.
Won't it be great when we can open up the cabin regualrly for warm drinks!