Mowing the Meadows

Once again a fine day for the yearly mow, starting with the Orchid Bank Scabious flower First cut … then remove … A moving haystack Tomorrow the team will be in the Hills and Hollows, meeting at the Morrisons entrance around 9.45am   Advertisements

Quarry Field Conservation Task

A sunny, busy day with many out for their daily constitutional Next, some scrub-bashing – removal of encroaching elm suckers. Before … And after … The meadow restored All the better for wild-flowers Well done folks

Wildlife Trust Volunteer Day at Bradlaugh Fields

The Wildlife Trust are having a work party at Bradlaugh Fields on Thursday 31st March. As they put it on their task leaflet : we will be helping the reserve by doing some “fencing on this flower-rich limestone grassland site”. The Trust offer lifts from their Lings HQ, leaving there at 9am, so probably arriving […]

Last Conservation Volunteer Afternoon

After forgetting the camera finally remembered to use an ancient phone camera instead, so sorry about the poor picture quality. Then found I couldn’t download the photos. Anyhow to cut a long story short, we steamed into a dense thicket of spiny Blackthorn that was invading the open meadow. After a couple of hours hot […]

Bradlaugh Fields Conservation Volunteering

On the Saturday afternoons, following Nature Club in the morning, the Barn Equipment Store will be opened so that anyone who wants to volunteer to help out and do some practical conservation volunteering around the park will be able to do so. On Saturday (5th) there some woodchips were available to improve access around Bradlaugh […]

Mowing the Meadows at Bradlaugh Fields: Day 2

The Thursday started with some dark clouds, but soon turned sunny and volunteers sweltered in the heat, labouring hard to rake up and remove the piles of vegetation cut down by Wildlife Trust staff with strimmers. Even after the day before, there was so much still to do up on ‘Scrub’ Field and Orchid Bank, […]

Community Hay Harvest

Over at Spitalifields Life there’s an excellent report about the hay harvest at Hackney Marshes, organised as a fantastic community event for everbody to join in, have fun, fresh air and keep fit in the process: In celebration of Lammastide, which marks the beginning of the grain harvest, Contributing Photographer Colin O’Brien & I went […]

Early August Wildlife Trust Conservation Work Days at Bradlaugh Fields

There are two Wildlife Trust work days coming up in August. They are listed in their latest task sheet (PDF here) to be found on the appropriate page of their website. Please read the information about work-days (what to wear, bring with you etc) on the task sheet if you’ve not been on a WT […]

Oh! What a Lovely Sward!

Last weekend I visited the East of England Scything Festival, held every year at the amazing National Trust property of Wimpole Hall, hoping to find out more about the use of the scythe for wildlife and conservation meadows. All in all, a very picturesque event in good company at a scenic location … This year […]