Preparations

Tuesday, July 14th 2015

Foxglove was a hive of activity as volunteers continued preparations for our Festival of Nature this coming weekend. Overhanging branches were cut back around the car parking areas and access track.

We also worked our way along the footpath network clearing over grown paths, allowing easy access for visitors. Ron spent much of his day strimming along pathways clearing long grass from the edges, making the reserve look really smart.

We were joined by Hannah from BFBS, who came to film a short feature to help us advertise the Festival. She spoke to volunteers as they worked removing invasive thistles from the orchard, and was impressed by their dedication to the reserve and their hard work.

Martin and Ann from the Freshwater Habitats Trust could be found on the wetland conducting a survey of the area as part of the Flagship Pond Scheme. This turned up some fantastic results including Pilwort, a rare aquatic fern; Ombiscura glabra, a rare mud snail, and many more rare and unusual invertebrate species. They said that the habitat here is top quality with an uncommon mix of moss and sedge giving rise to excellent conditions for diverse plant and animal communities to develop. They would like to return to complete a more systematic survey of the area to find out what other interesting creatures can be found.

Thank you to everyone who has helped out on this very busy Tuesday!
 


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