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Giant Moles

It looks like there have been a plague of giant moles on the RSPB's West Sedgemoor Reserve at the moment.

 Access track with drying piles of spoil

Infact, these piles of spoil have been removed in the enhancement of an area of the moor where we hope one day the cranes might breed.   The potential breeding zone will be surrounded on all sides by deep, wide ditches to deter ground predators. An area of mixed-depth pools and channels within this perimeter barrier are currently being excavated... and in the process quite a lot of spoil is being generated.   Once dry, the spoil will being used for vital repair works on gateways and the access drove to this part of the moor, which has started to slump in places.

The bare-looking pools will soon re-vegetate to create a fabulous mix of secure, tall-fen wetland habitats which will provide great conditions for the cranes into the future.   

Contractors have also been busy at WWT Slimbridge enhancing the shallow pool infront of the Martin Smith hide where Chris and Monty nested last year.  You can hear what's been going on here on the WWT video blog. Click on  'This Weeks Highlights' at


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Damon’s role is to act as the hub of the project - making sure everyone involved knows what is going on and that it is all running smoothly. He is also responsible for project community awareness work in Somerset, construction of the release enclosure, and running the post release monitoring work in Somerset.  Damon works alongside the RSPB reserve teams in Somerset.