I visited Manor farm on Tuesday 21st, but have only just got around to writing up.
Much to my surprise, Inert have continued work on restoring Manor farm. In fact, one of the Moor Green Lakes Group members told me they had made forays onto the western part of the site, but were told to hold off as there were still ground nesting birds i.e. Lapwing and Little Ringed Plover. Concentrating restoration on the central part of the site (aka what is left of Cormorant lake) was fine, as nothing was nesting there.
It appears that Inert have done just that. There appears to be signs that they have continued to infill and upfill what little remains of Cormorant lake, and landscaping the area into the eastern part of the site; which was restored some decade or two ago.
To this end, Inert appear to be using spoil from the massive mound they created around the pump station. I watched them build this mound over a period of months, in a most inefficient manner. And now, I watch them, on and off, flatten the mound.
The tasks I observed on Tuesday appear to concentrate of filling the stretch of water leading adjacent to the pump station. This curious ria or inlet bit of water has hung around for decades, now its days appear number.
I've often commented on how haphazard I find the restoration process, and how Inert seem to flit about all over the site, performing rather odd bits of restoration. Tuesday offered another, baffling example. A digger was smoothing the road/track ways around pump station mound. The driver was skilled, using the smooth side of his shovel to gently scrape and flatten the track way.
Why, I ask myself? Heavy plant, trundling over the bailey bridge will tear up the track way in five minutes flat; sooner if there is a heavy thunder storm or rainfall. Barmiest bit of restoration I've witnessed so far.
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