The year has started with a bang in some parts of the UK with floods and gales, The devastation that all this wind and rain has caused is horrendous especially to those that have lost their homes & businesses but please spare a thought for our wild life in these difficult times, particularly our ground living species that have had a total loss of habitat. In some areas this has resulted in a complete wipe out of species. Some will recover and reoccupy habitat, some might need some help to re establish them selves. The ConVols are in, the management of the Meadow trying to create as many habitats as we can on such a small plot of land.
We have already started to thin out the young Oak and Ash and plant out new varieties in the foraging plot, in the next month we will be establishing a wetland area by creating three small and shallow scrapes, this will provide a much needed environment for our wetland species and a wonderful platform for the public to come and visit. We will give the arboretum part of our woodland its first thinning and as soon as we can start planting as many rare varietys of trees /flora as we can grow on the site. In the early spring the volunteers will be planting out the wild flowers that we have grown on from seed, in pot sized plugs, this is to give them as good a chance as we can give them to develop into mature plants able to sustain themselves and be able to reproduce for the following decades.
What is happening to the Bird hide you ask ? Well its simplicity its self “Willow” the hide its self is going to have a Willow skin applied to give it its final look and with funding we hope to grow another from the ground up so to speak .
There is plenty to do so if your feeling like a few hours helping out please please do.