February volunteer activity

Hedging. St Ouen's Pond scrape. Photo by Sally Dalman

Sunday 9th February 2014 – St Ouen’s Pond Scrape – 10.30-13.00 

Hedge management

From Jersey Conservation Volunteers

The Details

Several years ago a screen was created between The Scrape (southern end of St Ouen’s Pond) and the access path to Eddie’s Birdhide to allow birdwatchers to get to the hide without disturbing the birds. The screen was created by pollarding a line of tamarisk trees, and using the cut brash to form the hedges.

The Site

The meeting point is in the gravel car park opposite The Watersplash on the Grande Route des Mielles, St Ouen’s Bay (where the ice-cream van sits in good weather). Please arrive by 10.15am for a 10.30am start.

The task

The tamarisk hedging has proved to be an effective screening, but it is now in need of a little TLC, so we are planning to prune the tamarisk again, and re-build the hedges.

Tools needed

Please bring any cutting tools you have with you, pruning saws, loppers, secateurs, and gloves, etc. We can provide some, however, we would be grateful if you could bring your own, if you have them, to make sure we have enough for everyone.

Clothing needed

Please wear sensible footwear, we will be walking across rough ground and sandy areas, and please dress according to the weather. You may wish to bring binoculars with you too, as a number of rare birds, migrants and residents, feed or shelter in the area; several Bitterns have been seen recently, and there will always be the Marsh Harriers knocking about.

Children are welcome to attend this task as long as they are directly supervised by a parent or guardian.

Tea and cake will, of course, be provided, after the task, courtesy of Kim the Kake.

Really hope to see you there.