We were working at the weekend to tidy some of the piles of branches left over from the river clearance and also starting to expose the electric fence ready for removal. As I wandered past the river bank I managed to surprise an adult heron fishing in the water. It took off in a hurry. I'd guess now we have removed most of the bank side vegetation the heron found access to the water more attractive.
As we worked we were often interrupted by the sight and sound of wild male pheasants flying in and out of the other end of the orchard. It's good to see our work hasn't really disturbed the local wildlife.