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 […]

First Flowers

Blackthorn, or it’s fruity relative the Wild Plum, is one of the earliest wildflowers to blossom at Bradlaugh Fields

Muddy Waters – Ponds or Puddles?

At this time of year you will see a little water running down the hill naturally. Come Summer this will completely dry away. This path needs more wood-chips laying down if people are to be able to access Bradlaugh Fields properly!

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 […]

Autumn Leaves Turning Colour

A young naturally self-sown Field Maple turning beautifully golden in the centre. (Note the large oak sapling with dead, brown leaves to the left is one of twenty-four inadvisedly planted at the expense of thousands of pounds of public money one year ago this month. Only six or so still remain alive, the rest appear […]

Waxcaps at Bradlaugh Fields

These pretty fungi are increasingly rare to find nowadays, because their habitat is “unimproved” grassland, ie grassland that hasn’t had fertilisers tipped all over it. The Waxcap Conservation website says: Waxcaps need short turf (i.e. regularly mown or grazed), no fertiliser or lime input and no disturbance, e.g. ploughing or reseeding … To conserve Lawn […]

Rose Hips for Vitamins

With all this fantastic weather the Autumn fruit season is in full swing, as you can see here the scarlet filigree of this rose bush. Rose hips are rich in vitamin C, while even the seeds contain provitamin A and Essential Fatty Acids. Much used during the War, they are however, very fiddly if your […]

Saturday Nature Club at the Bradlaugh Fields Barn

This Saturday was the first Nature Club event at the Barn. The focus was on Hedgehogs and we enjoyed lots of hedgehoggy activities including model-making … painting … hunting out hedgehog facts … learning about how and where hedgehogs live … and how to help them survive the modern world … A most enjoyable morning! […]