At the back of Broken Scar Water Treatment Works is a woodland. This along with the three handmade ponds provide a valuable habitat for great crested newts.
In partnership with Northumbrian Water, Durham Wildlife Trust’s Heart of Durham Volunteers get to work on some very interesting sites surrounding Northumbrian Water’s Utilities.
There are always exciting things to discover
Heart of Durham volunteer Ian Pinkney found his rather magical woodland headdress of twisted ivy.
A cut trunk, reminiscent of a Michael Angelo sculpture
A neat brash hedge, which is visually pleasing constructed by Dave Price, Brian Blewitt and Ian Bennell
The completed dead hedges providing texture and valuable habitat on the woodland floor
A dead hedge is a construction activity which is so very satisfying to do, as volunteers, Roz Fuller, Ann Walsby and Dan Morgan will agree.
Then there are the ponds. At Broken Scar water Treatment Works there are three manmade ponds, valuable habitat for the life cycle of newts. To prevent predation by the heron, volunteers Dave Price, John Cuthbert and Ann Walsby erected a post and wire structure to dissuade the heron from landing at the pond edge
But these structures do not obstruct the pleasing view along the ponds.
Then there are the manmade finds found by volunteer Richard Walsby, articles that detract visually from the natural art of the woods.