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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We have created something really special

Due to posting up the workdays for July just a few minutes before the first one (internet problems) I found myself on my own at the bird-feeder clearing. It was nice to just potter about, sit at the bench and just take in the beautiful area that we have created.

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We have yellow rattle and it is spreading. This wildflower is semi-parasitic to grass so will help to open up the ground and allow more wildflowers to germinate.

Unfortunately another camera user error caused 90% of my pictures to be totally over-exposed, but hey-ho.

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Here is a picture of the bench.

 

Next one is Monday 9th at 11am.

Paul

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First Marbled White Butterfly Spotted

It is probably not something to shake the world, but to me it is a great find. I spotted a marbled white butterfly for the first time on the greenway. Lovely to see something new.

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Four of us today, Linda, Marcus, Ruby and myself. You have to start them young to get their interest…

We started where we left off on Sunday and our first job was to bend the hooks to close them up a bit. This should stop the squirrels knocking the feeders off the posts so easily.

The seed feeders really are on their last legs now and need replacing.

After the hook modifications, we headed south and just snipped back anything that was starting to leap across the path.

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A quick look up and down shows a rich and diverse habitat. Loads of butterflies basking in the sun.

Great day today. Fantastic way to make new friends.

Paul

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We covered some ground today…

We certainly did cover a lot of ground. We met at Berrybanks and headed south, just snipping back any bramble that was starting to leap across the path. Wildlife superheroes today were Mick, Dale and myself and we got down to the bird-feeder area and then back.

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A quick look up and down shows how we are looking. We need path, grass, lower flowers, higher flowers and the shrubbery and trees/hedge on the edge, ideally.

The seed feeders are hammered but I keep strapping them up. We are getting our money’s worth whilst the squirrels are getting their money’s worth of our free food.

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Loads of butterflies and other insects today, but trying to do a survey really needs to be a day just for a survey. Trying to work and survey just does not work.

And this is an area we cleared of scrub last year.

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It is now full of rose-bay willow herb so will have purple flowers in the summer and be a great nectar source.

We can pat ourselves on the back for this.

Lastly, a video clip of our bird-feeder area. It really is something special.

Next one will be from the bird-feeder area and head down just snipping and clearing the growth around the benches.

Our Wednesday workdays will then close and Mondays will restart.

Thanks all, today.

Paul

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Wildflowers

If you are wondering what a wildflower meadow looks like – here is one we made earlier…

This is at Berrybanks, and Linda and myself spent a couple of hours puling up nettles. This area was dense scrubby habitat a few years ago and we cleared a lot of the scrub and put down a wildflower seed mix. It is now open and full of all sorts of wildflowers and grasses.

This has brought in loads of insects and birds.

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The drain is working again but there is something blocking it. It seems to be something plastic but a poor choice of footwear stopped me getting down to have a better look.

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And lastly a little video clip to bring it all to life.

Already looking forward to next week.

Paul

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