The water at Tubney Fen has also been turned on. We have an abstraction licence that runs from November to March. Using a nice big metal ‘Key’ to open the valves the water runs through the old irrigation system and out to the mere. Gravity does the work and we keep meter readings to ensure we keep to our quota. Here is a picture of the mere just as the water started to go in.
Tim got the old Fen Lighter pulled out of Wicken Lode, which was a moment of excitement as there was a fear that that it could have snapped. But as you can see she made it out in one piece to be put on display. The replacement is due to be on the way soon.
Here is a video of Jason slubbing Wicken Lode. He leaves the rhizomes of the reeds on one side of the path and spreads the slub out evenly on the other. With a spot of luck it will have vegetated over by the end of spring and we can use that side track on the left of the path again.