Trumpington Meadows volunteering: Wednesday 13 June

A message from Peter Beckenham, Ranger at Trumpington Meadows.

Last Wednesday we had a good session raking, piling and removing areas of Creeping Thistle that had encroached into Water Meadow field in the south. By cutting it before it flowers we have a better chance of controlling its spread and preserving/enhancing the sward here. We also fixed one of the barn owl boxes that had worked its way loose possibly due to strong winds – a good bit of team work. Next Wednesday 13th we will again be meeting in the south by the first bike rack over the bridge and continuing the thistle theme. The area around Badger’s Wood is low intervention, meaning apart from keeping paths mown and dealing with any H&S issues we generally let nature do its thing, in time this area should grow up into a nice scrubby/wooded area to connect the two small, mature copses there. However a lot of the new trees are beginning to get swamped by vigorous thistles so we’ll be spending some time clearing around them using loppers, shears and a brushcutter to allow them to establish. If you’d like to come we meet at 10am, it’s a good idea to bring some water and lunch. If possible if you can let me know your attendance that would be appreciated.

Trumpington Meadows Wildlife news

  • On Monday we all took part in some scything training which was a lot of fun (and much harder than I thought) but what do you think would win in a race between a scythe and a brushcutter?! (You might be surprised)
  • Today has seen our first Reed Warbler fledglings of the year spotted along the Coprolite Pit in the south, a potential pair of Corn Bunting and another confirmed Skylark nest on our part of the site! We always like to hear sightings or see photos from visitors so let us know if you see anything interesting.
  • Common Blue butterflies are now resurgent across the site with the first Meadow Brown appearing yesterday, Brown Argus and Large Skipper have also now appeared
  • Our amazing new swift box continues to draw interest from both human and swift alike and we have a FREE event on the evening of Tuesday June 19th to celebrate (7pm-9pm) Come along to see what all the squealing is about!

Finally, I am sad to say I will be leaving the Trust at the end of June to take up a post with the Middle Level Commissioners in the fens. I have loved my time at Trumpington and it’s been brilliant to have met and worked alongside many of you, to have shared stories, seen the site evolve in exciting new ways and of course experience it’s wonderful wildlife. My last workday will be Weds June 27th but we wanted to reassure you that they will be continuing. Following the 27th there will be a short break before Becky and the team resume the sessions on Weds 25th July.

Thanks for reading,

Peter Beckenham
Ranger (Trumpington Meadows)

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