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Pond dipping with Froglife

Pond dipping with Froglife on Saturday 5 August… We feared the worst at 1pm when we had a hail storm, but by 2 the skies had cleared and we had a gloriously sunny afternoon. 11 children and 16 adults weren’t put off by the weather and, remembering the success of last time by the bridge, James Mcadie from the Wildlife Charity Froglife helped the children find many dragonfly nymphs, as well as pond skaters, hoglice and other mini beasts. The Co-op kindly donated the refreshments at their stall manned by Michelle and Zoe. James is still hopeful to find funding to come back with their digger and dredge part of the marsh in the autumn. Gallery below….

All welcome to our next Work Party when we will be meeting by the pond to clear up around the seats, weed the primrose bank, brush down the steps and prune some overhanging branches.

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Unexpected surprise in our Pocket Park

The magnificent seven worked very hard at the last Work Party clearing very large sawn-off branches, trimming overhanging branches along the path and clearing litter as well as cutting back some nettles. Many thanks to all involved for your efforts. The Conservation Volunteers working on the new section of path at the top end have had some delays in the delivery of materials, but hopefully the work will continue on Thursday. In the meantime, they have made good progress clearing grass and weeds from the rest of the paths.

I had a nice surprise last Sunday to find that the Council had replaced the rotting bridge to the right of the pond, which now has both sides enclosed and has been evened up with the level of the path to make access easier for mobility scooters.

Our next event is the Pond Dipping Workshop with the Wildlife Charity ‘Froglife’ on Saturday 5th August 2-4pm meeting by the pond.

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Clean for the Queen

On Saturday 5th March we used the opportunity of the Clean for the Queen national campaign run by Keep Britain Tidy to promote our normal work party. Rectory Farm Residents Association organised two free skips, one located on Fellmead Road and the other on Olden Road between 10am and 1pm.

We had an enthusiastic group of 16 turning out to Clean for the Queen including 6 children. We litter picked down Cransley Walk and around the marsh area and then walked along the rest of the park in both directions litter picking on the way. Many thanks to Joanna for being our photographer.

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All of a flutter… bats & butterflies

We had a perfect evening for our Family Bat Walk on Saturday night (1st August) which encouraged 46 people including 15 children and 2 dogs to attend! Jane Pearson from the Wildlife Trust fielded many interesting bat related questions before handing out 6 bat detectors and then we made our way along to the marsh and back to the pond. The bats were just starting to emerge as we passed the line of oak trees at about 9pm. Eventually 4 different types of bat were detected. First the larger noctules, then 2 different kinds of tiny pipistrelles and finally the daubentons which fly over the pond and snatch insects from the surface.

From Anne our coordinator – ‘…..The butterflies were quite spectacular. I think they are mainly large white females and green veined whites taking the salts etc that they need from some horse manure. It’s good to know that it’s useful for something! The flower is toadflax which grows under the hedge at the bottom of Allard Close…..’

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Pond Dipping Last Saturday

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We had a cool but dry afternoon and 14 enthusiastic children keen to find out what was lurking in the pond.

The best area seemed to be by the bridge to the right of the pond and the most exciting finds were a great diving beetle and a dragonfly larvae as well as pond skaters, water boatmen, water lice and leeches etc.

Many thanks to everyone who helped and enjoy the pictures…

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Pond Dipping – Free Children’s Activity Next Saturday in the Pocket Park

Pocket Park Pond Dipping See Map here

Please come and enjoy….

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The Big Butterfly Count – Record Numbers of Butterflies and Dragonflies in the Pocket Park

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Record Numbers of Butterflies and Dragonflies  in the Pocket Park

The continuing warm weather and the wildflowers planted in the park have encouraged record numbers of these beautiful insects in the pocket park.  To see them at their best find a sunny day and watch them feeding on the flowers, patrolling the hedgerows or skimming across the pond. See how many you can identify. There is a free chart for butterflies you can download here http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/idchart 

Butterfly count

Until 10th August the Big Butterfly Count is taking place so why don’t you count the butterflies you see, whether in the park, in your garden or wherever you go? The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Butterfly declines are an early warning for other wildlife losses. Find out more about the project, free apps  and other ways to submit your sightings here: http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/about

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