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 […]

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 […]

National Meadow Day

Originally posted on a new nature blog:
It’s National Meadow Day. I hadn’t noticed until today when I saw this piece on the BBC Earth website. The piece kindly references a report I wrote for Plantlife and the Wildlife Trusts about meadows back in 2002, called “Green Unpleasant Land”. This is still downloadable from the…

Wildlife Trust Survey at Northampton Park

This last Sunday the local Wildlife Trust’s ecological surveying group visited the Hills and Hollows in order to monitor the grassland and see how it’s getting along; whether there are changes taking place and so on. It was a very busy, but most interesting and enjoyable day.

Bradlaugh Fields June Meadows’ Walk

The fields were alive today as over thirty Northamptonshire Naturalists and Friends of Bradlaugh Fields came to hear Professor Jeff Ollerton from the University of Northampton give us an insight into bees, flowers, pollination and the natural history of the Quarry Field and ‘Scrub’ Field Wildlife Trust Reserve. We found out that plants, despite their […]

Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #40 Little Yellow Rattle

Lesser Yellow Rattle or Cockscomb does double duty as a very attractive plant to have in the meadow, but still more importantly it helps keep down the aggressive grasses like false oat grass, creating a better environment for a range of beautiful flowers like orchids to grow and increase. The photos above are taken in […]

Walk in the Meadows Sunday June 14th

This Sunday there’s a great opportunity to find out more about the wildlife that flourishes at Bradlaugh Fields. Jeff Ollerton, professor of biodiversity at the University of Northampton will be leading a walk round the wildflower meadows in the Nature Reserve, looking especially at the relationships between flowering plants and their pollinators; bees, hoverflies and […]

Bradlaugh Fields Spring Clean this Saturday 25th April

The next opportunity to help keep Bradlaugh Fields as lovely as we all like to find it, is this Saturday April 25th, meeting 10.30 am inside the entrance at the top of Aintree Road. We’ll be picking litter around the nature reserve and paths, and looking forward to the summer we can be thinking whether […]