Category Archives for Volunteers

Bird Boxes for 2013

Michael and Rose Williams came on 27 February. It was a chilly but beautifully sunny day – just the weather for putting up a number of new bird boxes along the edge of one of the fields which belong to … Continue reading

08. March 2013 by Voyager
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The Jubilee Wood Part II

Following the sapling plantings in March 2012, the second set of saplings were put in on the 24th of February. Not the best day perhaps – the chill factor was noticeable so the Volunteers kept moving! The cherry, rowan and … Continue reading

24. February 2013 by Voyager
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Bird Feeding

The Marina’s farmland and song birds typically struggle during the cold dark months from January to April before the fields and hedgerows start to green up and there’s little food left from the previous year. David Boddy’s shrub and tree … Continue reading

22. February 2013 by Voyager
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Litter Picking on the Towpath

The Volunteer Group (with plastic bags, pickers and good gloves) headed out onto the Towpath between the Marina and Willington, going into the little wood and scrambling through the hedges. Plastic bags soon filled and, thanks to the courtesy of … Continue reading

06. January 2013 by Voyager
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Otter Holt

The Otter Holt in South Field is now more or less complete. Whilst no otters have been spotted around the Marina, there’s always a chance that we may get a visit, and having the right environment prepared has to be … Continue reading

14. November 2012 by Voyager
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Wood Management on the Trent & Mersey

The Mercia Volunteers were at work again on the 9th of November. The Canal & River Trust had marked a number of small trees in the wood opposite the Marina for taking down. The wood had not been managed for … Continue reading

09. November 2012 by Voyager
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Towpath Tidying

The Marina works closely with Canal & River Trust and has ‘adopted’ a mile of the canal from Potlocks Bridge to just the other side of Willington. Under Jules Aucott’s leadership, there have been towpath and wood tidies, vegetation cutbacks … Continue reading

30. October 2012 by Voyager
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David Bellamy Conservation Award 2012

David Bellamy’s Gold Award has been given to us for the second year running for the work we are doing to “protect and enhance Britain’s natural environment”. This is a wonderful accolade and huge credit goes to the Marina Partners … Continue reading

10. October 2012 by Voyager
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Pruning and Lopping on the Trent & Mersey Towpath

  The Mercia Marina volunteer group were very lucky to have two clear dry days, a couple of weeks apart to go along our adopted section of canal between bridge 22 and Willington. Armed with thick gloves, loppers and secateurs we … Continue reading

25. September 2012 by Jules
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Towpath Tidying

On Saturday 22nd September 2012, a Volunteer Group sallied forth for a second go at the towpath between Potlocks Bridge and Willington. The first group made a great start – lopping and topping, pruning and tidying – much helped by … Continue reading

22. September 2012 by Voyager
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