A Way Out…

We all need a way out sometimes – so today we created another way to get off the greenway. This time it is just before you get to the old Dunchurch railway station.

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The picture really does not do it justice. When the chopped back vegetation dies away it will be a bit more defined. This picks up the path that runs all the way to Cawston Lane on the edge of Dunchurch.

We snipped back the bramble from Potsford Dam to the station. It just seems too early to start clearing the fruit-rich scrub.

Quick look up and down..

 

 

And side to side..

 

 

Gives us a flavour of where we are and how lovely it is.

Future dates for this month are – Sunday 21st 10am to 12, Wednesday 24th 10am to 12, Wednesday 31st 10am to 12.

Good work today.

Paul

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Our last day of the summer in 2018

The greenway did have a feel about it, that it had given its all over the hot summer and was now rapidly falling into a sleepy rest over autumn and winter.

Chris, Marcus, Aaron and myself started at Potsford Dam and worked south just gently snipping back the scrub to get a bit of width.

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The scrub needs to be pushed back one metre on each side, on an alternating basis, This will create a wavy path with little hot-spots for wildlife. We cannot do this yet because there is a rich harvest of fruit and nectar still on offer to wildlife that need to stock up for the winter.

Plenty of fruit on offer.

Nectar still available from some late flowers, but getting rare.

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Cawston Reservoir is still looking very sorry for itself. I wonder when the levels will be back to normal.

Great day today.

Paul

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We are getting a huge amount of use…

….which is a great thing. Marcus and myself must of seen about 40 people in different groups, on Sunday. This is great news and  shows how we have progressed over the years. A nice wide path brings in the users.

Nice fungi photos as the season starts for this.

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Still plenty of berries for birds and others to fatten up on before winter.

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A quick up and down shows how we are looking. Pretty good!!

Next one is Wednesday. Come along and get involved!!

Paul

 

 

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Feeling summer is over

Marcus and myself made it this week. We topped up the bird-feeders and then headed south just snipping back any bramble growing across the path, and picking up any litter. We got to the Potsford Dam bridge so a lot of ground covered.

What we need to be doing next month is rolling back the scrub, digging out the bramble roots, and seeding the bare earth with our wildflower meadow seed mix.

This month is where we are caught between the seasons and cannot really do much. The bird-nesting season is over, but there is no way that I am going to cut back the fine crop of fruit that is there for the wildlife. They will fatten up on this as they get ready for winter.

Being so close to it, we can really see how the madly vigourous growth is now really slowing down as the summer ends. Really quite interesting to see.

Next one is Sunday 16th and much of the same.

Paul

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Two workdays rolled into one

A lady walked past today and suggested that we had been working all night, because we were here yesterday as well, and she had seen us. I found myself agreeing and saying “I wish”. The greenway is such a nice place to be at the moment.

So Sunday was with Marcus, Steve, Mick and myself and we just cut back any bramble that was looking to come over the path. This was from the bird-feeder clearing to the steps down to the reservoir.

Monday, it was Mick and myself and we did the same from Berrybanks to the bird-feeder clearing.

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Amazing how theraputic this is.

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We found a whole new colony on bloody-nosed beetles down past Potsford Dam and also this.

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Love on the rock…

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We put it in another hidden place, but not too hidden.

And lastly we topped up our bird feeders.

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We are just trying to create a place where people can meet, share a flask of coffee, chat about the birds that are feeding, or whatever, develop a common interest and hopefully forge a bit of a friendship. It really is as simple as that.

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And if anybody would like to join us on a workday, we are just a relaxed group who keep this little slice of wildlife accessible and open.

Thanks all,

Paul

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Back on the hedgehog trail

Lovely day on the greenway today. We had Debbie from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust helping us to do some hedgehog monitoring.

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Food is placed in the middle and non-toxic ink either side of the food. The nocturnal hedgehogs are regognised by their footprints left on the white paper.

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We have three tunnels set up and it will be interesting to see what the results are.

We also fixed a couple of the lose steps that head down to Cawston Wood.

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And lastly, we seem to be tripping over bloody-nosed bettles at the moment. Five spotted last week and six spotted today, and we are not actively looking for them.

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So a pretty productive workday.

Paul

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Routine Maintenance

Mick, Linda and myself made it today and just cleared around all the benches, and snipped back any bramble that was making a run for it over the path.

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Cinnabar moth catterpillars on ragwort are always a welcome sight.

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Mick has spotted ladies bedstraw, a wildflower that bloody-nosed bettles like.

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This is looking south from the last bench. The scrub stops and the rabbits keep the grass short.

This is a good example of how it can look.

Paul

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