Finemere Wood is eerily quiet as a skeleton team of three volunteers meet to tackle the time-critical work of the season. The regular volunteer work parties are unlikely to recommence before the latter part of September. Many staff members have been furloughed, and much work is needed to develop Covid-safe working practices before valuable volunteers can return.
Over the winter, a vast area of trees and scrub was cleared by the tireless woodland workers. This area needs to be fenced in, to protect the sumptuous new growth from the nibblings of deer.
There are two challenges here. Firstly, it would take days, if not weeks, to achieve this with only three people. Secondly, banging in the posts requires two people to get far closer together than two metres. And so Pete (BBOWT’s North Buckinghamshire Reserves Officer), our sage, has an ingenious plan. We shall fence in just a section, using ropes tied between trees from which to hang the netting, no fence posts required.
It’s a nifty job and the result is pleasing. As time goes by, the fenced area can be compared to the unfenced area. This will give an indication as to the extent of deer pressure on the woodland plants.