Making a huge bonfire is not regarded as best practice these days but some sites just aren't accessible for chippers and there is nowhere to hide a massive collection of brash next to the Thames. Needless to say the volunteer group were more than happy to have a rare burn up. The hedgelayers just have a few more metres to complete for this season and once that is cleared up we will be able to leave the reserve in peace and quiet for the spring arrivals. Thanks to Ian, Diego, Nigel, Marcus, and Ian and Bee for a day of hard work and good company and not forgetting the flapjack.
Hundreds of birds on the water seemed to be undisturbed by our efforts, luckily the wind was blowing the smoke away from the reserve lake, and three buzzards kept a beady eye on us as they circled above for much of the day.