Site visit after 8 weeks. Inert have been working on restoration - just very slowly. 28th April 2023
There was almost 12 hours of rain, sometimes torrential, yesterday. All was very moist, today.
Another unusual weather phenomenon appeared today, it got warm! Yes, it actually felt warm after so many months of feeling cold. By the time I visited Manor farm at 16:30, it was positively boiling! Haven't felt this toastie in months.
What did my site visit reveal? It simply confirmed that Inert have been continuing their restoration (aka infill) of Manor lake, just very, very slowly. Our faithful pump was off - not surprising, seeing as it is a bank holiday weekend - but I reckon Manor lake will fill with water quickly due to the torrential rain.
Clambering around the infill area, I could see that no nesting birds were on it. Hardly surprising, seeing as Inert have been trundling on it. All birds have sensibly chosen to nest on the Manor lake extension, the main and higher reed beds, and restored areas around Finch pond.
Inert have flattened the whole area of infill I last reported eight weeks ago. Back then I saw a distinct track along the banking to East fen, which had some nasty ruts. This is now nice, flat and graded.
A funny little 'inlet' has been partially filled in, taking the whole west half of Manor lake further southeastwards.
I'm not sure why progress is so slow. I doubt if it's due to a lack of inert material - there's so much of the stuff lying around. On Chandlers farm, for instance, I saw a mighty long mound of the earth, recently created by Inert, running north south through neat where the old works were.
Restoration is all progressing depressingly slowly.
I'm not too sure what happened to the ordering of my photos. Microsoft windows 11 appears to have had a mishap. Oh well, I'm too tired to reorder the photos.
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