Trumpington Meadows volunteering – Wednesday 20 March

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

Last session we managed to clear a substantial amount of scrub from the south M11 bank. Thanks to the team who carried out some extremely methodical work in bad weather – we removed a fair bit of rose. As a south facing bank, this is one of our best areas for butterflies and other invertebrates, with great numbers of common blue, meadow brown and marbled whites seen over summer.

We also found small piles of droppings – probably from a field vole or bank vole, who like to do their business all in one spot called a latrine, and have droppings the size and shape of a grain of rice. Plus, lovely to see skylarks singing above Edmundsoles meadow– hopefully they’ll nest!

This Wednesday 20th March: we were hoping to carry out some work on the ponds but we are unable to get any native pond plants until later in spring, so this work will be postponed. Instead we will be working on the orchard and carrying out some other tasks in the north. Please meet at the office at 10am, wear suitable outdoor clothes, bring a lunch if you’re staying til 3pm. We will have the usual tea, biscuits, tools and gloves.

Trumpington Meadows News

–          After a week of strong winds it’s good to see the promise of some better weather this week, and I can hear a great spotted woodpecker drumming in the trees behind the office.

–          Which also means the breeding bird surveys will start this week! We’ll be walking transects across the reserve every couple of weeks, starting very early in the morning, for the rest of spring.

–          Over 1.5 million people – mainly children – attended the #SchoolStrike4Climate last Friday across the world. Inspirational! Let’s hope governments and businesses take notice.

Looking forward to it,

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
Website: www.wildlifebcn.org

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