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Kennington Pools, Oxford3 Mar 2013
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Precarious positions #1

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Pollarding a young willow

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Water water everywhere

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We generally try to pollard at the ideal height for hanging coats

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Larger logs are stacked up to create a habitat pile for invertebrates

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Cut branches were retrieved using ropes, waders, or a crome (a rake-like tool).

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Precarious positions #2

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Pollarding

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12mths re-growth

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One we did earlier

Kennington Pools, Oxford5 Aug 2012
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Pruning a tree in the lake, using a pole saw

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Lydia does some pruning on an island in the lake

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It was very green and lovely in this rare moment of sunshine

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Miranda had almost forgotten how much it rains in the UK, until she joined us for this task

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Very good habitat for frogs, and maybe aquatic mammals too

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Mud glorious mud

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Otter holt, before the roof went on

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First roof-beam in place

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Trimming the uprights to length

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Otter holt, with roof

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Happy (if damp) otter-holt builders

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Finally the otter-holt is hidden and protected by a thick layer of scrub

Kennington Pools, Oxford8 Jan 2012
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