Kidney Vetch Zone is Down

Great day on the greenway today. We managed to pick up a load of litter and also plant our Kidney Vetch seeds.

Great to see Aaron, Mick, Jo, Neve, Howard and myself turning out on a cold day. We were lucky to have some winter sun towards the end of the day.

Kidney Vetch is the sole food plant for the endangered Small Blue butterfly.

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We cleared a two to three metre strip up the south-east facing side of the bridge and then made two, metre square areas seeded with Kidney Vetch. We can weed out anything else that grows to give it a real chance. Ideally we just want grass and Kidney Vetch.

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We also brush-cut the path through the glade to help it to dry out.

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And lastly, we have bramble growing over our dead-hedge. This will be superb in the autumn when it is full of fruit and a vital resource for birds and mammals.

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Thanks to all who helped today. Good progress. Next one is Wednesday 25th with Sustrans. 9.30 start meeting at the small roundabout where Cawston Grange Drive and Whitefriars Drive meet.

Paul

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