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Today SACV members were out with the Friends of Chorlton Meadows.  We haven’t worked on this pond for the past couple of years, but as in 2012 and 2013 our task was to clear some of the reeds and overhanging willow in order to maintain an area of open water.  Without this, the pond will continue to close in and silt up, and might gradually cease to be the important habitat it is, including for the variety of birds – such as reed warbler, reed bunting, water rail and willow tit – which can be sighted here.

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Yesterday was a surprisingly hot late September day – a great day for some of us to be out in Chorlton Water Park!  Trees have been encroaching into the reed bed at one end of the lake, to the detriment of this valuable wildlife habitat.  Our task for the day was therefore to clear some of these and prevent the degeneration of the reed bed.  A job well done – and we’ll be back here in January to work on some of the willow groynes, which are beneficial in protecting the lake banks from erosion and also provide an important habitat.

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This weekend has been the RSPB‘s Giving Nature a Home Festival in the Mersey Valley.  As part of this, SACV volunteers were out in Chorlton Water Park yesterday to undertake a practical conservation task and help those attending the festival see the kind of useful work they can get involved in!  The work was to help manage the reed beds in the bay of the lake by cutting back some of the regenerating willow and also to carry out repairs to the chestnut paling which helps to provide the reed beds with some protection from passing dogs.

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Today we conservation volunteers were at Chorlton Water Park.  We were at a different part of the lake from where we worked at our task in December, but once again we were helping the Mersey Valley Wardens by removing encroaching trees from an area adjacent to one of the lake’s reed beds.

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Sunday 9th December saw SACV’s last event of 2012.  Thirteen of us turned out to help the Mersey Valley Wardens with work on the reed beds at Chorlton Water Park – to help maintain this important habitat by removing encroaching trees.  The wintry task had its reward afterwards in our annual SACV seasonal get-together with mulled wine, mince pies and a roaring brazier (all courtesy of Elaine).  Merry Christmas!

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