Today our monthly Wildlife Rangers group carried on removing the remaining willows from an area on the western shore of Ibsley Water, a task started by our Thursday volunteer group a couple of weeks ago. The willows have been removed to provide more grassland for wildfowl, in particular wigeon, to graze.
We only had a small section to cut, so combined our time on the western shore with some bird watching. Whilst there, we saw goosander, pochard, pintail, coot, heron, tufted duck, wigeon and a buzzard, along with over 50 cormorants on one of the islands which were counted by Poppy.
The group made quick work of cutting down the trees, adding them to the dead hedge and leaving the shoreline more open:
After finishing off, we decided to head over to Goosander hide, just in case the otter was about, but had to settle for coot and tufted duck, along with goosander and gulls which were already coming in to roost. Thanks everyone for your hard work today!