Trumpington Meadows volunteering – Wednesday 19 December

A message from Rebecca Green, Senior Ranger at Trumpington Meadows.

Last week the volunteer team worked on coppicing the trees along the drive near the office, and finished off weeding some of the beds around the office, providing space for the plants to flourish. Thanks to everyone for their hard work – it looks fantastic.

Wednesday 19th December is the last session before Christmas. The main task will involve working on the small reedbed, where last year Peter and the volunteers cut back a section. The plan for this area is to cut back different areas on an annual rotation. Cutting reed back helps by removing biomass; without management the reedbed would eventually dry up and become scrub. Although small, this patch is great for reed bunting and warblers in the summer. We’ll provide some Christmas treats for lunch time, and you’re welcome to bring something to share. We’ll also provide hot drinks, tools and gloves – please bring your own lunch and water. Meet at 10am by the bike racks in the south, just over the M11 bridge. If you’d rather get a lift with us in the Hilux, get to the office for 9.50am.

Trumpington Meadows news

  • We had gorgeous views of a barn owl quartering over the farmland and meadows in the south earlier this week, and it appeared to head towards the small copse where one of the new barn owl boxes is located. Those of you around last year will remember making these boxes with Peter. On Thursday, Jo confirmed it was using the box – see video! – and on Friday another colleague saw two barn owl in the same spot. Fantastic news, and hopefully the availability of a roost site will help these birds over winter. Learn more about barn owls here.
  • Last week Iain Webb held a successful Turtle Dove Day for local land managers and other interested individuals. Nationally the turtle dove population has declined by 96% between 1970 and 2012, and every 6 years the population halves. Reduced productivity in its breeding grounds, i.e., the UK, is the main driver of this. Iain and Emma (from the RSPB/Operation Turtle Dove) showed off the suitable habitat for turtle dove on the reserve, including a newly created patch for supplementary feeding. A great amount of enthusiasm was built and it is hoped to continue with this loose group of interested individuals, supporting each other and encouraging others to think about whether turtle dove will find a suitable home with them in the future. This small independent project has been named the “Let’s Make Cambridgeshire Purr-fect Project”, in honour of the iconic purring call of the turtle dove. If you’d like to know more, get in touch!

Volunteer work parties in 2019

The next 2 dates for your diary are 9th January and 23rd January. Becky and Jo are working on a schedule/plan going forward, which we will share as soon as we can.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Becky and Jo

Please get in touch with us using any of the below.

Phone: 01223 665742

Facebook Group: /trumpingtonmeadowsNR
Facebook Page: /wildlifebcn
Twitter: @wildlifebcn

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