Arrrgh!!!! So much to share…
We cleared the brash left from yesterday and sorry to all the residents on the Coventry Road. We did have a really smoking fire and the high wind took it straight over the fields to your houses and the road. I was expecting another visit from the Fire Brigade, but thankfully it did not happen. We are finished at this bit for now so don’t worry about a repeat performance.
At some point we need to make some steps down to the road. We have a really steep bank and it will be a challenge. I think we might have a go at this in the summer.
But anyway, this is the really exciting bit. I planted a load of Kidney Vetch seeds in the autumn and they seem to be coming up. Kidney Vetch is the sole food plant for the Small Blue butterfly caterpillar. If we can get the grassy area at the end of the greenway rich in this plant, we can then hopefully attract a Small Blue colony. Small Blue is an endangered species and a lot of work is being done further down the line to create habitat to allow them to thrive. I am so excited to be doing something to support this.
We need to push back the bramble but keep the hight, so that the grass can spread but be sheltered from the wind. If we can get this whole area rich in Kidney Vetch then it will be fantastic.
At the other end of the greenway I am hoping to create a similar habitat for the Grizzled Skipper butterfly, which is another endangered species.
Next workday is starting at the underpass and working south. Aaron has done a lot of good work on this section already and basically we just need to ease the path out without taking down trees. There are a lot of badger setts so we need to be careful and we are quite close to houses, so if we just gently ease the path wider and then move on to the section north of the underpass, which is chopping trees on the south facing bank.
Thanks to the five of us who made it today. We really got a lot done and it is nice that we can walk away from the Potford’s Dam end knowing that it is looking good. I did a bit of tidying as I walked back today so we really can push on northbound.
Until next time!