Biodiversity Project News – May 2020

A great deal has changed since last month’s news and I am sure many of us will have found solace from the way in which nature carries on regardless.  At the biodiversity site we were able to get the meadow rotavated and to sow some supplementary seed to add to the colour palette of the display that we can look forward to later in the year.  This was achieved before the social distancing rules were introduced and a few volunteers then continued to work independently on the site until the lockdown period began.  Last year’s growth of greater willowherb was cleared from the wet meadow and the area around the information board but, since then, work has been unavoidably curtailed.

Visits to the site on exercise walks have revealed a good display of spring flowers in the woodland and two spectacular clumps of marsh marigold that can clearly be seen from Weasenham Road!

After such a wet winter, April has been remarkably dry but it has been good to see plenty of new germination in the meadow.

The woodland has been alive with birdsong: chiffchaff, blackcap and goldcrest all being noted on a recent visit and blue tits are resident in at least one of the nest boxes.

A pair of moorhens had young on the pond by mid-April and the spring sunshine has been good for butterflies with holly blue, orange tip and brimstone being seen.

We look forward to being able to resume our Saturday working parties as soon as Government restrictions allow. If your garden is now pristine and you would like to turn your skills and enthusiasm elsewhere then please do get in touch when conditions allow!

Tim Baldwin






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