The task at Little Durnford in 2009 was dedicated to removing tree seedlings from the important hillside grassland. This ranks along with ragwort pulling as a severely boring job – although the views across the Avon valley made up for this. The seedlings were mainly ash and there were thousands of them! The reserve is owned by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and is actually grazed by Jacob’s sheep and also (I think) cattle but obviously they needed a hand!
These photos and the ones done a year earlier at the same reserve are my only record of the hundreds of conservation tasks I did from 1990. I wouldn’t have taken these except I was by then a proud owner of a mobile phone with a camera – now replaced with a smart phone which is even more flexible. I do wish smart phones and blogs were around earlier!