Misty Weekender

Strange day today. We had a bit of sunshine and then it was a bit misty and damp. But it did not deter eight of us turning out and creating a super wildlife habitat at Berrybanks.

Well done Aaron, Jez, Gary, Linda, Carrina, Mick, Tim and myself for getting out there.

We created a space where we have clumps of scrub and areas of bare ground. When the sun gets into this area in the spring, the south-east facing bank will be a riot of wild flowers.

On the north-west facing bank we found quite a bit of fungi. Thanks to Gary and Mick for pointing it out. The names have since left my head, but here are the pictures.

We have a lot of wood on the ground and it will slowly rot down as it creates a habitat for a host of bugs. This picture shows what happens to the logs. Something has stripped the bark and all the bore-holes will be full of bugs that will attract birds and mammals. The moss will also be good for species that like damp habitat.

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The last picture shows how wide we have made the path. It is still very wet in places but where we have done this in other areas, the ground does dry out and grass starts to grow.

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You can see the mist starting to come down on this photo.

We have created a great habitat. As we worked today we could hear a lot of birds tweeting away. We found a toad, and this area is now set up to be really diverse in the summer.

It was also great to see so many people using the greenway for family walks or cycling.

Thanks everyone today. The rest of the month will be scheduled around what Sustrans want to do with our license to work beyond Potford’s Dam and the habitat management workshop that they want to run. Just keep an eye on the blog or facebook page for dates.

Hopefully we will fall into some sort of routine soon with a weekday-weekend-weekday schedule.

Paul

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Just trying to create a slice of wildlife and a place for people to chill out and meet new friends in this crazy world that we live in.
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4 Responses to Misty Weekender

  1. Neil Mahler says:

    I am responding to a comment on the Web Site “Wild About Britain” fungus forum from somebody using the name “Some Might”. It appeared January 10. and proudly shows 4 different fungus species purported to be The Deceiver, Stags Horn, and Jelly Ear as identified by an ‘expert’ who “Knows his stuff” ! (seemingly, he was unable to identify the out of focus photo, which shows a species of Crepidotus … probably C.cessatii or C.variabilis.
    This comment had a reply from somebody using the name “Geoff F” and Geoff seems to think it is not the Deceiver, but is Honey Fungus. They are both wrong !
    Honey Fungus has white gills and looks nothing like this, whilst the Deceiver does indeed look like this, but does not grow on logs/wood.
    They seem a little big, but in my opinion they are Tubaria furfuracea (Scurfy Twiglet) which normally would grow on smaller diameter twigs half buried in the ground.

    Fungi do not require light to grow (they do not have chlorophyll) so the recent clearance of any trees would not have made the fungi appear.

    A quick scan through this blog showed what seems to be a pink Hyacinth and a smaller blue Grape Hyacinth mistakenly (and appallingly) identified as bluebells. I do hope this mistake was spotted and these ‘garden escapes’ dug up again and replaced with GENUINE English Bluebells and NOT the invasive Spanish Bluebells – if the 2 are planted together, they will quickly hybridise leaving the Spanish Bluebell to dominate.
    Likewise with the Daffodil shown – please, please, please, only plant the smaller English Daffodil.
    Kind Regards,
    Neil Mahler.

  2. Paul says:

    Ni Neil, yes we are all learning. We have ripped out the Spanish bluebells that had other garden bulbs mixed in with them. The Daffs are in memory of a friend who passed away. I will replace them with English ones. The bag of bluebell bulbs were given to us and told that they were English. Imagine our horror when they came up and had fat horrible leaves. Regarding the fungi, this is the first time that we have taken any interest in it. The chap who knew quite a bit was actually on site and recognising it there and then. He did mention that there are a lot of fungi out there so it is quite hard to get it right. Thanks for your input. All helps on our conservation adventure.

    • Neil Mahler says:

      Good luck with your very ambitious project where you will have to make many compromises due to input from Butterfly Conservation, who understandably would like to see more trees being felled to let in sunlight, and hopefully, budding mycologists who like to see dank and overgrown (but accessible) micro-climates with mature trees left in situ and felled wood left in habitat piles (rather than be chipped)
      Bird watchers like to see a mosaic of different habitats, whilst I would imagine SUSTRANS want to have an artificial surface to make the going easy for cyclists.

      Then you have the younger generation who ‘just wanna have fun’ and bring their motorised vehicles into this sensitive area unaware of the disruption they cause, and the older generation who want to ‘beautify’ the area by planting pretty and usually alien flowers and turning a natural area into a back garden.
      Oh, you’re gonna have so much fun … just don’t forget the bonfire with baked potato’s and sausages to keep the youngsters ‘on-side’.
      Whilst they are sitting down enjoying the sausages, this is the time to educate them and explain the importance of what you are doing and what you aim to achieve.
      All the best,
      Neil.

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