|Coppiced sallow and willow stools|
To further enhance the condition of the reed beds certain areas of reed have been cut by the Swannery staff. This promotes good healthy new growth. Some years the reed is burnt after cutting and this removes all the rubbish at the base of the reed bed and helps maintain a good healthy environment.
|Recently cleared reed bed|
Of course during all this work the nets were opened where they could be. The first Chiffchaffs have been trapped for the year and also a few odds and ends. Just on finishing a Blue Tit was extracted from the net- a fine male with an interesting plumage variation. Clearly it had been visiting nearby daffodil flowers.
|The first Chiffchaff of the year|
During the coppicing considerable evidence was found of the presence of the Lunar Hornet Clearwing moth. In one instance the saw just missed this larva stage
|Lunar Hornet Clearwing larva in situ|
Whilst working on another stool a fabulous excavation was seen
Over the next few days the CES site will be brought back to optimum conditions with the usual annual management. Then we will be ready for the returning Reed and Sedge Warblers in the reeds and the more usual fare in the withy bed.