Habitat management

Ragwort to seed

As mentioned in the last blog entry, a working party from the Friends of Wom Brook spent a productive morning last Saturday (5/9/09) removing Ragwort (see above photo) from the uncut triangle of ground leading from the Wom Brook up to the South Staffordshire Railway Walk.

Ragwort management

Once the yellow flowers disappear from the Ragwort and are replaced by airborne seeds, it is time to remove the plants, otherwise the plant spreads fairly prolifically, and a patch of ground can soon be overrun with the plant. Care needs to be taken by those engaged in such work as any sap from the plant is toxic, and can easily pass into the bloodstream via the skin.

The picture above shows some of the Friends group pulling the Ragwort from the ground.

Severn Trent Water attend promptly to sewage smell

Severn Trent Water team

Last Saturday morning (5/9/09) a habitat management working party from the Friends of Wom Brook noticed a very strong smell of sewage in the vicinity of the  meadow section of the Wom Brook Walk leading up to the South Staffordshire Railway Walk.

The smell was still evident earlier today, and a phone call to Severn Trent Water resulted in their prompt attendance. Reassuringly the crew that attended (Trevor and Robert pictured above) confirmed that there was no threat to wildlife or the Wom Brook, and thankfully the smell had disappeared.

Thanks must also go  to Adam, the shift supervisor at Severn Trent Water for pinpointing the possible source of the problem.