The Bog Squad returned to Langlands Moss last weekend to install some ditch-blocking plastic piling dams. We had a great day in the cool September sunshine - perfect weather for the tough work of banging plastic piles into the ground!
The need to install these dams is due to Langlands once being earmarked for forestry planting. Ditches were cut across part of the moss in an attempt to drain the peat of its water so the new trees would be able to grow better. The trees were never planted, but the ditches remain and they are still working to drain water from the moss. Our new dams will help to slow water loss and encourage natural bog vegetation including the all important sphagnum moss to recolonise.
As usual we spent some time looking at the local wildlife - this time around there were ladybirds just about everywhere. And thanks to a knowledgeable volunteer we learnt that the collective noun for ladybirds is a loveliness!
If you would like to come along next time and help out we shall be at Langlands Moss again on Sunday November 4th. Please get in touch with David Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.