Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Digger has arrived!

Yes we have a VERY BIG digger and have started the pond and NO we are NOT open cast mining!
So we were not expecting to start the pond so soon, but our contractor Chris Raby (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Raby-Contract-Services/200162633343692?fref=ts) had some free time and on Good Friday he made a start and we cannot believe the difference two days later. 

The piles of soil need to be moved at least three times so the area of excavation looks huge at the moment, but over the next few days it should take shape and hopefully by the end of the week we will have something that resembles the new pond.

Andrew, Ray and I (sometimes!) have also been working on the artificial Sand martin and kingfisher nesting bank, which is also starting to take shape! Here are some pictures of the work so far, two days of big digger and four days of labouring. Well done Team Gardner-Raby!

Summer 2014. Just a pasture field.

3 April 2015 and the big digger started! We had already made a small scrap pond in
2014 as we needed to repair an old stone drain, so we were already starting with a
rough outline of a pond.

4 April 2015. Getting on well and the Sand Martin wall is taking shape.

6 April 2015. Sand Martin wall getting bigger!

Making the Sand martin entrance holes, which need to be 39mm wide.


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