After going through a wooded path, we emerge on a beach right on the Don river.
We didn't waste any time and started pulling an incredible amount of invasives.
I also noticed quite a bit of Japanese knotweed, another highly invasive species in the valley because of its rapid growth and height. The Global Invasive Species Database has listed it as one of the World's 100 Worst Invasive Alien Species. According to an article in Wikipedia about Japanese Knotweed "The invasive root system and strong growth can damage foundations, buildings, flood defences, roads, paving, retaining walls and architectural sites." There is also an interesting video posted a few years ago on Don Watcher's blog.
We managed to clear quite a large patch of these seedlings which have had a field day on this site in the last few years.
My co-leader Christine. She is not the one who damaged that tree, none of our tools would have such a devastating effect on a tree. It was of course the work of beavers. Amazingly, the tree is still alive.
Lots of burdock and it's getting pretty big everywhere on the site.
I took this picture which shows a tree that's almost completely flattened in the ground, I don't recall ever seeing something like that.