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 Advertisements

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 […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #30 Cocksfoot

Cocks-foot grass, named for a fancied resemblance between the large flower-heads and a chicken’s foot, is an easily identifiable and vigorous plant which can grow into large tussocks reaching up to a metre in height (or 3ft in old money) as shown in the photo here, looking south towards Fulford Drive, with wide leaves well […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #16 Meadow Foxtail

The first grass that I’ve seen starting to flower here this year is meadow foxtail in the Hills and Hollows valley: The young flower spikes are silky-looking, quite distinctive and the nutritious leaves can provide a good early bite for grazing animals.

Today’s Task: Cutting back Blackthorn

As the cows look on we tackle the spiny blackthorn suckers that invade the meadow from a small thicket. If not stopped by grazing, mowing or cutting, these thorny bushes would take over before long! In the past, traditional farming management meant that they were always kept at bay because of grazing by sizeable flocks […]