Latest Update on desilting

Nice to be able to add a couple of pictures from the Royal Botanic Gardens major desilting job at Wakehurst Place. Hopefully Lewis will be able to pop in later in the spring and get a new pic once all the plants are in full plumage!

After the drain down

Before the work started.

It’s quite an eye-opener to see the photo that PHB took once the water was drained down and the silt was revealed.

Then the point in a de-silting job where you think it can never be right ever again!

Retaining bund in lake

Major works – Nicospan, rigging wire and posts.

After a while you all decide its finished, clear up the site and go home. And you wonder how its all doing while other jobs are on the go. And then….

After ... PHB

Looking shiny and bright. Over the winter it will have been settling even more and we can look forward to it looking pretty spectacular this summer.

Out in the wilds

Waiting for mum...

Waiting for mum…

From time to time we get to see animals that we don’t routinely come in contact with – and they get to see us, often at very close quarters. On this occasion Tony and Robert had been working from the boat and Tony jumped from the boat to the bank. In mid-air he spotted the fawn. The description of his attempts to avoid it sound like a Disney cartoon with arms and legs going every which way. Touch down was achieved without touching the fawn somehow, more by luck than judgement I would say; Tony would claim superior athletic skills.

The very young fawn remains waiting for a parent return and “freezes” to prevent predators noticing any movements. Tony and Robert could hear the adult coughing a little way off … perhaps trying to distract them from the baby. Tony took a couple of pictures on his camera then they left it in peace.

The doe leaves the area to avoid attracting predators to where the fawn is hidden. They are still local though. The doe comes back after dark, feeds and tends to the baby and moves it to a new hide sometimes only a matter of metres away. The distance the fawn is moved will usually depend on the strength of the fawn and its ability to travel. When the baby is several weeks old, its stamina and coordination is greater and its reaction may be to get up and run, rather than lie still.

Don’t make the mistake of “rescuing” a fawn unless you can see a dead doe close by or if it is up and bleating in hungry distress. Then call the RSPCA.