Hello Conservation Volunteers
Thank you to all those who came to Endcliffe Park for our Thursday morning work session to help with preparations for the upcoming FoPV Duck Race.
The main task was walking the full length of the Duck Race course in the river from start to the finish to remove any obstructions that may hinder the ducks on their swim on Easter Monday! A large group took to this task like ducks to water, (suitably attired in waders or wellingtons), removing branches, litter and any stones blocking the route, whilst supported by the landlubbers on the bank side to remove the debris away from the river and bag up the rubbish.
A separate team of litter pickers scoured the park collecting all manner of litter.
Tables, matting and spikes required for the Duck Race and supplied by the Parks Department were dropped off by Tom, the Ranger, and moved to a secure location ready for Monday morning.
On the stepping stones a large tree had been washed down the river and become well and truly lodged in between the stepping stones and would be a serious obstacle for the ducks to negotiate. Fortunately for the ducks (and volunteers), the Parks Department arrived with a chain saw to make light work of cutting it up and taking it away, so the ducks should now be able to make their way safely to the finishing line come 2pm on Monday afternoon!
The next work morning is on Tuesday 26th April 2022. The usual email will be sent out nearer the time requesting volunteers.
A Selection of photos from the work morning
Clearing the river
Cutting up the tree trunk
Mandy providing flapjack for the hard working volunteers!