There isn't much to say on this last part. The digger I saw on Tuesday working around the copse, appears to have completed a channel. It currently runs along the west side of the copse, then eastward along the south vehicle path, before encounter the yellow bridge (which now crosses it) and entering a bit of a mess that will become the western end of Manor lake.
The whole site is now plumbed into this channel (which I call Colebrook channel), and thence the culvert under the Longwater road.
My nemesis on the south vehicle track has returned. Sandwiched between the copse and my former mighty mound, is a large depression in the south vehicle track. It fills with soft, gooey mud, the consistency of fine porridge and quicksand. The conditions underfoot, when I tried it, were most squidgy. I elected to go around this area, by clambering along some banking on its edges. This is one area of the site I will not regret not seeing again, ever.
However, the work done on this channel this past week, does exemplify the flitting nature of how Inert go about restoring a site. This is at least the third or fourth time this year that Inert have worked on this area; in addition to all the times they have done so over the years I have been blogging about it. Having profiled this area at least twice if not three times, Inert are having to do it again - in addition to removing a lot of stuff they spent ages bulldozing into it in the first place.
Sorry, it is the engineering/software mentality I have. Plan everything, and don't keep revisiting if at all possible.
Wildfowl have really taken to the site, even though it is not finished. They really like the absence of tall vegetation along the margins of ponds. There were hundreds of Canada geese, tens of Egyptian geese, tens of Mallards, at least ten Small Egrets, loads of Lapwing, Green Sandpipers, and an assortment of other birds e.g. Wagtails.
Oh, you may have noticed it was somewhat foggy on Saturday morning. I have visit really early, as I am not sure if Inert are working overtime, and hence on Saturdays.
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