Trumpington Meadows volunteering: Wednesday 9 January

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

Happy new year! I hope everyone had a great break and is looking forward to 2019.

It seems like a long time since the last volunteer day – thanks to those who came and enjoyed lots of cake and carried out some excellent work on our reedbed in December.

We are meeting next on Wednesday 9th January. Once again we’ll be in the south of the reserve, where the plan is to tackle some of the scrub along the coprolite pond banks. These ponds have an interesting history – the pits were created in the 19th century as part of an industry to mine mineral deposits to be used as fertiliser. These ponds developed in the last of the pits and are now home to a range wildlife – birds and dragonflies in particular. The ponds need a bit of light to thrive and so we cut back sections of scrubby vegetation on annual rotation. We’ll bring the tools you needs and a supply of tea, coffee and biscuits, please bring lunch if you’re staying all day and plenty of warm layers. We’ll meet in the usual spot by the bike racks over the M11 at 10am, or come to the office a bit before that to get a lift.

Trumpington Meadows news

  • The rangers have been taking it easy over Christmas so not a huge amount to report. There’s plenty of wildlife to be seen, though – in particular birds: golden plover still in the farm fields, flocks of linnets, barn owls, buzzards, and redwings and fieldfares in good numbers. If anyone has any sightings or photos to share, please get in touch.
  • It’s going to be a cold week, so don’t forget to feed the birds!
  • We are holding our first Wassail on 20th January, where we will celebrate our small apple orchard in the hope of produce a good harvest. It promises to be good fun, if you’re interested in knowing more and coming along please get in touch.

Hope to see you next week,

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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