Rangers Diary

December 2016

December 2016

Well that was a frosty start to the month of December, but how has the weather changed and become very mild. I have just been outside the Harbour Office and noticed Daffodil emerging from a garden. Has the weather gone mad?

Our work load has not seemed to have diminished and having finished one large project, we are already planning the next one. We are aiming to improve access in our site at Fishbourne Meadows, by placing new "floating" boardwalk down.

Our Friends of Chichester Harbour have been fabulous as usual and helped clear a large section of Gorse at Sandy Point Nature Reserve under the guidance of the Hampshire Rangers. The following week we had our annual Christmas gathering with the volunteers and had a large bonfire of Gorse cuttings that we had cut down the previous week. Of course the odd Mince Pie and Mulled wine went down well too.

Maybush Copse suffered a small amount of vandalism, reportedly with a man been seen to break to wooden rails on the Kissing gate as you enter the main entrance of the copse. Local law enforcement has dealt with the person in question; however the task of repairing the rails came down to me. Whilst I was there, I also delivered 3 tons of woodchip from our stockpile that we have down at Itchenor.

Finally, the volunteer rangers helped us clear the site Itchenor Meadows, as we have decided to try and establish an Orchard there. We still have some work to get the site ready for planting, so please watch this space for updates on the progress of this exciting project.

All the best for Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year.

Countryside Ranger

Keith