Volunteers worked with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust officers Mark and Will to clear the leaves from the paths running alongside Cecilly Brook on 24th November. When wet the leaves can be really slippery so we try to clear away as many as possible.
Leaf litter is however really important in lots of ways. The fallen leaves put nutrients back into the soil and provide nesting material, hiding places and protected spots for animals. They provide shelter for toads, hedgehogs and caterpillars in the winter and food for wood lice and other mini beats and fungi.