A message from Peter Beckenham, Ranger at Trumpington Meadows.
Volunteering is on next Wednesday 4th April, meeting at 10am on the south side – by the first bike rack. Last time we planted and mulched some hawthorn whips (that will grow into a hedge) to help protect farmland wildlife from disturbance along a sensitive part of the reserve – look out for the ‘Save our Skylarks’ signs! Next week we’ll be doing a range of tasks in the south including removing a large ‘slick’ of rubbish from the river and raking up debris along the ‘butterfly corridor’, if the weather is suitable we might do our first butterfly transect of the season *fingers crossed*
All tools, safety wear and light refreshments will be provided – if you have wellington boots it might be worth bringing them. If you’re able to send me an email confirming attendance that would be appreciated.
Following the 4th, the next session will be on Wednesday 18th April.
If you have a pond or know one that has spawn in it, why not submit your sightings to the Freshwater Habitats Trust’s spawn survey
Following on from water voles in the last email, our colleagues at Sussex Wildlife Trust have posted this heartbreaking video of a water vole eating plastic in a river
And on the subject of skylarks (and many others) Michael McCarthy has written this humbling piece on farmland wildlife decline
Despite the dire situation it’s important to remember the vital role volunteers play in what we do at Trumpington Meadows and a walk around the reserve provides many reasons to be positive. The reserve is really embracing spring now with the first cowslips peeping through, hawthorn coming into leaf and barn owls particularly active.
Enjoy your Easter and thanks again,
Ranger (Trumpington Meadows)
Direct line: 07734478472
Office: 01223 665742
The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire