Trumpington Meadows volunteering: Wednesday 23 January

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

Thanks to all the volunteers who came earlier in the month in what was possibly our biggest group yet! We completed a lot of good work, clearing the coprolite pond banks of scrub. We clear these banks in an annual rotation, leaving enough scrub as habitat for birds and small mammals, but clearing patches so the pond has enough light to thrive. The coppiced wood was piled alongside the pond banks as a rough dead hedge/brash pile. See photos attached.

Next week we’ll be meeting on Wednesday 23rd January at 10am. We’ll be working in the north of the reserve, along the riverside path. This path gets very muddy over winter so we are trying to widen it to keep it from becoming completely unpassable. If we have time we may also do some work tidying up the bottom section of swale from the pond to the river.

Meet by the office at 10am, bring lunch and wrap up warm – it’s going to be a cold one! We would be grateful if you could let us know if you’re able to come – as the group gets bigger we need to make sure we have enough tools, and more importantly biscuits. 

Trumpington Meadows news

–          Trust promoter Paul (aka Harry Hog) came on our Monthly Meander last Thursday and shared some nice photos . They also found some otter spraint by the river, and saw sparrowhawks and a flock of fieldfares.

–          Yesterday was Old Twelfth Night, the night for Wassail (from the Old English was hál “be hale”). We’re holding our first Wassail this Sunday – our orchard may be small but it is developing, and we hope to start a new tradition. You are all cordially invited to come and bang pots, hang toast and bless our trees with a special Wassail poem written by Ranger Iain. There will be warm apple punch and cake too. Meet at 11am by the Byron’s Pool entrance. 

–          Allotments and city gardens can be great for pollinators. We’ve been enjoying the variety of birds taking advantage of the un-tamed “allotment” next door, especially the flock of linnets. Reading this I’m looking forward to seeing what other wildlife this area will support once the allotment tenants move in.

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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