Friday, March 14, 2014

Help needed: update on nesting pontoons at Greenland Dock and Surrey Water

 From Steve Cornish:

Cygnet on nesting material provided by local
residents last year.
Hello All
Help needed!  The Friends of Russia Dock Woodland and Friends of Stave Hill Eco Park will be distributing much needed nesting material (last year's bullrushes and reeds) into Surrey Water and Greenland Dock tomorrow (Saturday 15th March at mid-day)

We do this every year, generally around mid April, but due to the very mild winter and recent hot weather, the waterfowl are nesting and even laying eggs in mid March.

We have plenty of reeds and bulrushes already cut and ready to be barrowed down to both docks. The nesting pontoons have recently been secured in Surrey Water and some also in Greenland Dock.

Now the swans, grebes, coots, moorhens, ducks & geese are in desperate need of nesting material.

We will be meeting at Stave Hill,  at the top of Dock Hill Avenue, at mid-day. We will walk over to Stave Hill Eco Park and collect the nesting material, then wheel-barrow several loads of reeds and bulrushes down to Greenland Dock and Surrey Water. The whole exercise should take no longer than 2 hours.

Steve Cornish
Friends of Russia Dock Woodland

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