Archive for Habitat

Planting bulbs before the winter break begins

At the September Work Party by the pond, in spite of several regulars being away, we had 8 volunteers attending, including 3 dogs! Neil collected fly tipping on the byway near Bridleways, Keith & John cleared branches & logs from the pond & cut back brambles & weeds near the left bridge, while the rest of us weeded around the seats & paved area.

Our next and last Work Party of the year will be on 5th October 10-12.00 Midday, when we will be planting snowdrops & crocuses by the pond. Hopefully we will have had some rain by then to soften the ground.

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Bats & clean ups

41 people of all ages attended our Bat Walk with Juliette Butler from the Wildlife Trust, on a perfect warm and calm evening. Juliette introduced all the different types of bat we were likely to hear and see and handed out 6 Bat Detectors for us to use. We headed off towards the marsh picking up the sound of an early Pipistrelle and a Noctule bat flying high over the trees. Gradually other bats emerged and we headed back to the pond to watch the Daubentons bats skimming over the water which was bouncing with insects. One of our regulars, who shall be nameless, fell asleep, and didn’t make it to the Bat Walk, but in the middle of the night had a little bat visitor in the bedroom. It seems that bats don’t like to be ignored!

For our next Work Party this Saturday 7th September, 10am-12 Midday, we’ll be working by the pond, having a general tidy up.

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Bat walk this Saturday

This Saturday 3rd August we will be having a Family Bat Walk in the evening, starting at 8.30pm by the pond, led by Juliette Butler from The Wildlife Trust. She will be providing six Bat Detectors for our use. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Six attended our last Work party at the top of the park on a sultry morning. Neil strimmed the weeds alongside the path and then met up with David to erect the second Owl Box donated by Sue Dartnell in memory of her husband, in the Conservation Area opposite Bentley Close. Matt, Jackie and Anne cleared the weeds from the path and Matt trimmed the overhanging branches. We then had a general litter pick of the area.

 
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P.S. Please be aware of small hedgehogs out and about during the day and ensure they are left alone to do their own thing.

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Mini beasts in the Pocket Park & more

This year our family event on Saturday 4th August 2-4pm will be another Mini Beast Safari led by Angie, an Education Ranger from Brixworth Country Park. Come and join us as we search for little beasties and learn all about them. Hopefully the weather will be just right! How good it is to have some refreshing rain at last.

Seven intrepid volunteers including two children ventured out for our hottest ever Work Party on Saturday afternoon. We began by litter picking down Cransley Walk & then Judith, Bruno, Sam & Jackie continued working down towards the pond, while Neil collected bulky items in the wheelbarrow. Keith & Anne cleared the grass & weeds from a shady area of the path, encouraged by Joanna, our photographer.

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Big pond clearance

We had lovely weather again for our May Work Party near the Bridleways estate with 6 attending. The tasks involved trimming the hedge to make access easier to the dog bin, clearing litter which had been thrown over the fence from Fellmead Road and weeding the edges of the path. We were glad of a bit of shade as the sun got hotter and a friendly robin kept us company as usual.

This Saturday we will be working by the pond on 9th June. Options include Clearing logs from the pond, Litter picking, Weeding around the Notice Board, Pocket Park Sign & Seats & Brushing the steps to Hilberry Rise.

 

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Spring Clean report & next activity

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey. In our latest posting information for our next work party and a report from our spring clean.

For our next Work Party this Saturday 5th May 2-4pm, we’ll be working at the top of the park near Bridleways, trimming the hedge to give better access to the dog bin, litter picking and weeding the path. Join us!

We had a very warm day for our Spring Clean Up in the Park and surrounding area on Saturday 7th  April. In spite of several regulars being away, we had an impressive turn out with 22 people attending including 4 children and 2 dogs! After clearing up around Cransley Walk, we moved out into the surrounding area in Olden Road and Ermine Road. Others collected larger items from the stream at the bottom of Crowthorp Road and litter picked along Fellmead Road. We also continued clearing the path of grass and weeds by the marsh. About 21 bags of waste were collected and we heard the first Chiff Chaff of the year by the marsh.

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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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