Chris Sutcliffe writes, October 2014:
Ogden Water Wildlife WATCH group.
The planned activity of getting out into the woodlands to fell some trees and move some brash fell foul of the weather. So a quick rethink lead to an autumnal arts and craft session. From a massive pile of leaves and seeds, all manner of things were created, including bats, mud drawn birds and beavers, paper plate owls, funny woodland faces and paintings. There then followed the Ogden Water Conker championship, with each of the kids giving themselves a death defying, frightening name - King Conkerer, Orange Conker, Conker Killer and Unicorn. Equipped with the latest in H&S technology for the battles (chainsaw helmets & gloves) they set-to. For a few the concept was completely alien and you could tell the parents & grandparents were itching to get involved and take some shots. But in the end the overall winner was King Conkerer, he had a termendous technique for the swing, but it did result in the cracking of a few conkers. Our next session is on the first Saturday in November when we will be out fungi hunting.
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Chris Sutcliffe writes, October 2014:
We have been asked quite a bit recently about the level of the reservoir and if it is normal for it to be this low.
At present it is approx 4.5 mts below capacity, however it is worth remembering that there is still about 13-15 mts depth of water still in the reservoir, which probably equates to about 180 million gallons of water still behind the dam.
We have had quite a long dry spell, with some nice warm weather, so the evaporation of the water from the surface will be larger.
The reservoir was built to supply Halifax with water and it continues to do so, hence as the weather warms up and the reservoir is on supply then the level drops.
We also top up Mixenden Reservoir, at present this is near capacity and so there is still plenty of water around.
The last 2 summers have been quite nice and warm, but the summers before that were wet. In these summers the level did not drop that much and so visitors got used to seeing a full, blue coloured reservoir, surrounded by green trees - quite picturesque, so seeing the level drop is coming as a bit of a shock, but there is no need to panic and begin stock piling bottled water.
In normal years the level is on its way back up, if not full by the end of October, but saying that we would need approx 40 million gallons to fill us to capacity and I don't think anyone wants that much rain in a month!
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Chris Sutcliffe writes, Nov 2014:
A day out in the woodlands for a spot of management. This month we headed deep into the Ogden woodlands, to a point just below the Giant's Tooth in the Skirden Clough area. Here we were taking out weaker trees that will allow the oaks to grow stronger.
Following lunch it was down to the wet woodland area to begin the long task of removing tree shelters. These trees were planted 8-10 years ago and have done really well. Now the shelters are removed the area looks alot more natural.
A great day out, if a little wet underfoot and from the sky. Our next session is Tuesday 16th December, feel free to join us for this session if you have an hour or two to spare.
Chris Sutcliffe writes, end Oct 2014: Practical Group.
A slightly breezy day with the odd bit of water coming horizontal towards us. But undeterred the Ogden practical session took place. Beginning in the edges of the woodland it was a task of sorting out the hedgerow that runs down from the car parks to the reservoir side. This was planted a few years ago but has not really been looked at since. There is the issue of some dog walkers taking the tree shelters off to throw for their dogs. Not good when each shelter costs just less than £1 each and we have to fork out to replace them. Luckily we had some spares. We set out to find out which trees were growing, which were dead and which needed a shelter on them. It seems that the hazel was the most successful tree in the hedgerow, but we still need to replace about 25% as they were dead or missing. Not a bad uptake for a hedgerow under trees.
Following this it was a case of cutting out the footpath that runs through the woodlands, alongside the wall towards the dipping pond. We needed it opening up for the upcoming tree ID walk (November). But the weather eventually got the better of us with wind, rain and hail driving us back to the classroom for an early lunch.
As the sun came out after lunch it was onto the far end of the reservoir and into the woodlands to continue with the beech tree removal. These were cleared in a certain area to allow other trees to develop (namely rowan and oak). Once felled the trees were taken to the reservoir side to add to the brash layer and prevent people accessing the reservoir.
The day finished putting lots of trees into the brash layer and a walk back in glorious sunshine with the changing leaves providing an autumnal background second to none. Our next session is in November and will continue with the woodland management and drainage work.