Little Durnford In The Avon Valley was the first nature reserve I worked at in the Autumn of 1990. It was a lovely day with glorious views and I have been a practical wildlife conservationist ever since!
Although it has some nice stands of trees including beech the reserve is managed for the very rich downland above the trees – sheep and cattle are used as part of the management scheme but our group often worked at the site during the Autumn/Winter cutting down tree seedlings (especially ash) and cutting back scrub as it encroached on the grassland.
At the illustrated task the group was clearing up and burning branches from felled trees. The trees were taken down by contractors some time earlier. The slope got steeper as the day went on!