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Trap Grounds, Oxford29 Jan 2017
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Treecreeper at the Trap Grounds. Photo by Nicola Devine (thanks to The Friends of Trap Grounds)

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Kingfisher at the Trap Grounds. Photo by Nicola Devine (thanks to The Friends of Trap Grounds)

Trap Grounds, Oxford9 Jan 2016
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Path dug out and lined, ready for gravel.

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Finished path - much better access to this lovely reserve.

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Another completed section.

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Rightly proud fencers.

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At the end of the day - digging holes ready trees to be planted.

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A local resident tweets their approval.

Trap Grounds, Oxford26 Sep 2015
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Trap Grounds, Oxford28 Feb 2015
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Planting an assortment of saplings: oak, alder, birch, holly, black poplar, cherry

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A kingfisher perch and the waders used to install it

Trap Grounds, Oxford31 Jan 2015
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Discussing Chomsky whilst eating lunch

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Discussing Chomsky, a different point of view

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Clearing junk and digging holes for saplings

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Trap Grounds, Oxford8 Nov 2014
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Mary's bonfire

Trap Grounds, Oxford11 Oct 2014
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The dismembered willow

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The newly dug channel in the red bed

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(Thanks to Allan Allport)

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One of the three bonfires (Thanks to Alan Allport)

Trap Grounds, Oxford27 Sep 2014
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Building a temporary bridge (Photo courtesy of Alan Allport, Friends of the Trap Grounds)

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Removing a rusting chassis from Heron Swamp

Trap Grounds, Oxford15 Mar 2014
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Building a barricade by the bird hide

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The plan is to divert the footpath...

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...so that birds have a space to nest close to the pond

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Tea break

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The bird hide becomes a temporary kitchen.

Trap Grounds, Oxford15 Feb 2014
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The finished repair to the bird hide

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Trap Grounds, Oxford16 Nov 2013
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Planting shrubs to help protect the Kingfisher bank (Courtesy of Alan Allport, Friends of The Trap Grounds)

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Tea break (Courtesy of Alan Allport, Friends of The Trap Grounds)

Trap Grounds, Oxford5 Oct 2013
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Today we're helping the Friends of the Trap Grounds once again.

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The main lake is in danger of filling entirely with reeds, so we're clearing some out.

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Testing the waters.

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It's a bit deep, we're going to need a boat.

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Work starts on dredging the shallower areas.

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The aim is to drag the reed rhizomes from the lake bottom.

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The piles of reed make great hibernacula for reptile, amphibians and invertebrates.

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Borrowing a useful little boat makes it easier ...

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... to dredge the centre of the lake ...

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... and to dredge from the far bank.

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A boat load of reeds.

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The chest waders were a great help.

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After a lot of dredging ...

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... the lake now has a better chance of surviving, with a substantial area of clear water.

Trap Grounds, Oxford24 Aug 2013
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Since our last visit the Kingfisher bank shuttering has been backfilled with earth...

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... and an attractive pond excavated by digger.

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The sides of the pond are however a bit regular and steep ...

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... so we're helping the Friends in landscaping the pond's perimeter.

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We start digging a shallow bay at the north end of the pond.

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Elsewhere on the site two intrepid volunteers disappear into the undergrowth ...

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... in order to clear the stream that feeds the main lake.

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The stream has become clogged with silt and sticks and needs dredging ...

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... using long-handled forks called cromes.

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Back at the pond the landscaping continues.

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There's a lot of heavy clay to shift ...

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... but the pond's edges are gradually transformed ...

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.. the sides of the pond are now terraced ...

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... and once the water level has risen, the north end will have a shallow inlet ...

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... and a perch, with space for several Kingfishers.

Trap Grounds, Oxford13 Jul 2013
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We're helping the Friends build a Kingfisher bank

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Area in front will be dug out to make a deep pond, the soil will be used to make a near vertical bank

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Today's task is to put up temporary shuttering to support the soil until it has stabilised

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Shuttering to be supported by long posts

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Temporary shuttering made from recycled pallets

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Local resident, a sparrowhawk fledgling, looks on with interest. Do sparrowhawks eat kingfishers?

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Driving in the posts

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Adjusting the angle, the bank is designed to have a slight backwards slope

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Adding supporting struts and preparing turfs

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The shuttering is taking shape

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The turfs, kindly donated by Mobbs of Wheatley, are cut into thinner strips

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The turfs, stacked behind the shuttering, will form the front of the bank, and help to begin the stabilisation

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Tea break

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Close to completion

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A few more turfs to be cut ...

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... a few more turfs to be barrowed ...

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... and a few more turfs to be stacked

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Temporary shuttering from the soon to be deep pond

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Nearly ready for the digger to pile up the soil and make a Kingfisher bank

Trap Grounds, Oxford25 Aug 2012
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Measuring up our little bridge

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A beautifully warm sunny lunch just before the heavens opened

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Banging in the posts for the hand rail

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Stapling down the chicken wire for good grip

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The finished article.

Trap Grounds, Oxford21 Jan 2012
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Bird hide construction

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View from the new bird hide

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The finished bird hide

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View from the bird hide

Trap Grounds, Oxford8 Oct 2011
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The new OCV mini bus

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Trap Grounds, Oxford5 Mar 2011
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Magpie

Trap Grounds, Oxford5 Feb 2011
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Trap Grounds, Oxford18 Sep 2010
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Bench 1

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Bench 2

Trap Grounds, Oxford25 Jul 2010
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Digging up brambles is fun!

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Taking a moment to contemplate the brambles

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Yes of course I can keep holding this for another 5 mins....hurry up!

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OCV carries out owl maintenance

Trap Grounds, Oxford25 Jan 2009
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Catherine from the Friends of the Trap Grounds

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Tidying up the tools at the end of the day

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Humph... not sure what this is?!?

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Our amazing habitat piles!

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The council van ready to go with mountains of rubbish

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The incredible pile of rubbish

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The council trailer fully loaded with rubbish and ready to go

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Tools talk

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Tea break

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Mike is proudly wearing his new ocv tshirt and has discovered a new way to make tea

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OCV volunteers are attacking the brambles!

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OCV volunteers building a habitat pile

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Council van