Heathland Clearance at Wildmoor Heath - 12th January 2013

The group spent three hours in cold chilly weather under guidance from two members of staff from the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust clearing some of the unwanted tree saplings that grow to overwhelm the natural heather and prevent ground nesting birds from nesting. This work can only be carried out in the winter months and before the birds begin to nest. The cubs & scouts were taught how to use bow saws and loppers, and some basic conservation skills.

During a welcome break they tried their hands at toasting marshmallows over the fire and a nice warming mug of hot chocolate.

As a follow up, one of the wildlife trust members will be visiting the group to complete the talk on conservation and its importance and show the cubs & scouts how to make some brooms from the birch saplings that they cut down.

Thanks to Ian for these pictures and words.

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