Archive for Rectory Farm Ramble

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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Lick of paint, maintaining the Pocket Park

Some of our regulars were otherwise occupied, but we had a busy morning at the June Work Party, starting with litter picking in Cransley Walk where we found more bulky items than expected while David painted the Conservation Signs and the NCC Pocket Park sign by the pond and Keith and Judith had another session with the flame weeder, clearing the weeds from the path. Anne managed to remove some of the graffiti from the notice board and the information sign by the underpass. We were very pleased at the last Residents Meeting to be presented with an Owl nesting box for the park from Sue Dartnell in memory of her husband.

For our next Work Party tomorrow we’ll be working at the top of the Park near the newly resurfaced path near Bridleways from 10-12 midday on Saturday 13th July, doing the usual jobs of trimming bushes and weeds and litter picking. Any information about graffiti culprits would be much appreciated, so we can pass it on to the police.

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The things we find in the Pocket Park

For our next Work Party on Saturday 7th July 2-4pm we’ll start by litter picking at the top of Cransley Walk, opposite Olden Road and work our way down to the marsh. Then we have the option of weeding the path or trimming the overhanging branches alongside the path and around the dog bins.

We have had some good news from NBC who are proposing to use some section 106 money (from developers) to fund replacing the top layer of the new section of path near Bridleways to make it smoother for motor buggies and pushchairs and also to install a safety rail on the steeper side and replace the dog bin to make it more accessible.

We had another sunny day for our Pond Work Party on the Saturday 9th June with 8 attending, including 2 children. Neil and John heroically had another attempt to remove the garden Pond Liner from the lake and this time were successful. They cut up the liner into small pieces and we were very grateful to Richard who picked up the pieces later and took them to the tip. We were also very grateful to a man who was trimming the hedge in Shapewood Walk and offered to collect up some dog rose trimmings which had been overhanging the path. The girls did some litter picking and Jane, Judith & Anne weeded by the Notice Board & Seats. On the way home we disturbed a very pretty Ermine Moth.

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Rectory Farm Pocket Park survey

Last year through grant funding we improved access and carried out remedial path repairs in parts of Rectory Farm Pocket Park. We would love to have your feedback.

Please complete this short survey by  clicking on this link Rectory Farm Ramble Revisited – The survey will close at 7pm next Saturday 28th April.

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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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Improving our Pocket Park

We had a nice warm afternoon for our Marsh Work Party on Saturday 3 June. Seven attended and we started by litter picking down Cransley Walk while Judith and Joanna did a bit more work on clearing the path. Dave piled up clippings from last month and we all joined him to continue trimming the bushes where we left off last time. Getting the pile of waste collected from by the marsh proved to be quite a challenge, fortunately now removed. We look forward to having a new Neighbourhood Warden which should make everything much easier.

As you can see on the poster, the Conservation Volunteers have started work on the new section of path at the top of the park to make access easier down the slope for motor buggies and pushchairs. The work will be continuing on the 28th & 29th June if you would like to meet them. Our next Work Party will be on Saturday 1st July 2-4pm meeting in the narrow pathway to Bridleways. We are hoping to trim overhanging branches, clear the path of weeds and weed the wildflower area as well as the usual litter picking.

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