Friday, 17 February 2012

Trow Quarry yesterday.

Not a bird related post from this site as most would expect, but a one to hopefully encourage wildlife in the future. Last weekend it was hoped that Willow cuttings could be planted here but the frozen ground conditions here put pay to this so yesterday a few locals put in less than a hours work doing so.

Full permission from the National trust and South Tyneside council had been obtained for this venture, members of the Coastal Conservation Group and other like minded folk who had the time took part.

Willow cuttings where kindly obtained from the WWT at Washington and also within the Whitburn coastal park ( varied species) . Experimental this type of planting here but its well worth a try. If this proves to be successful more planting is planned for here in the future.

Willow cuttings have been chosen for this site because they don't need any "digging" in, just pushed into soft soil and are a relatively easy to establish. Any cover for the migrant birds in this area is better than none.

Nice to see a couple of youngsters getting involved with conservation work yesterday. The kids loved it and where a tad disappointed when we ran out of Willow to plant!.

Thanks goes to Ray Scott for these photo's, who just happened to be in the quarry with his better half whilst this work was being carried out.

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