A big disappointment this morning when I saw the state of the 'big hedge' !
Maybe YW had their reasons for such drastic action rather than phasing the work. This was a massive old hawthorn hedge, in length probably over 100 meters, with Blackthorn, Holly, Bramble, Lonicera and other species. Hopefully it will grow quickly again.
This was a really important staging post for small birds with many migrants stopping off on their travels in spring and autumn as well as winter thrushes and breeding birds with a wealth of other species.
I'm still trying to find some photo's before it was ravaged like this - the birds lose out again !! (for a while).
On the reservoir
1 f Goldeneye
c70 Black-headed Gulls
30+ Common Gulls
2 adult L B B Gulls
and Frogs active in the plantation ponds.