Sorry for late update. Somewhat busy.
Rain continues to disrupt restoration on Manor farm. I popped along on Thursday, after a moist week of continuing deluge. Inert were working on their default restoration prep of pump station mound. It seemed a half hearted affair, tinkering around the edges. Afterall, the mound is very large, dominating the area around the pump station.
Curiously, Inert shut up shop at approximately 10:30am. On my return leg from MGL, the gates across the south footpath were now wide open for foot traffic.
Inert had been working on Manor farm during the first part of the week. I could see that the three mounds of spoil, left on the tip of their infill last week, were now gone. The north east corner of Cormorant lake had a slightly more infilled feeling.
I did not do a proper site visit, partly as the rain continued, and partly as I knew the south vehicle track would be fairly difficult to negotiate.
This week's weather is much drier. Indeed, footpaths around our area are beginning to dry out, with half a dozen spots, notorious for their quagmire muddiness, actually quite firm. I use these spots to gauge how bad Manor farm will be.
There is no doubt that it has rain more frequently this year, compared to the previous two. This would not normally present a problem. Afterall, sunshine and showers is a standard cliché for describing a British summer. What is different this year, and why Manor farm is turning into a quagmire, are that any showers are deluges on an epic scale (i.e. think tropical/Amazonian rain) and they are slow moving. We have had so many windless days, this year; in contrast to last year, which was notable by frequent windy days.
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