Trumpington Meadows volunteering – Wednesday 17 April

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

Hope you’ve had a good couple of weeks. Last time at the reserve, the volunteer team did their first bit of fencing – a short strip but in a tricky position, a really good job done. This replaced a bit of rotten post and rail with some more appropriate stock fencing to keep the sheep in. 

Next week we are once again going to be in the south of the reserve. We’re going to take a look at and possibly dig over the Turtle Dove plot (it won’t be long til we start feeding!), and then look at the spear thistle in Badgers Wood – it’s still very small at present so this won’t be as unpleasant a task as when it’s head height. Please meet near the bike rack in the south for 10am, or come to the office for just before. Weather is looking bright and warm.

Trumpington Meadows news 

·         The latest breeding bird survey turned up a wonderful view of the barn owl hunting near the river in the south, whitethroats and chiffchaffs singing, yellowhammers all along the hedges and a couple of grey partridge.

·         The last moth traps have been quiet with the cold weather, and as Iain is now away we won’t have any regularly for the next two Fridays. Back to regular traps from 2nd May (after our Dawn Chorus walk).

·         Heart-warming images of sand martins visiting their nest burrows in Bacton, Norfolk – if you’ve been following this, North Norfolk DC had erected nets to stop the birds nesting, a worry trend of netting things like hedgerows to prevent nesting birds. The nets were removed just in time – hooray!

Hope to see you Wednesday – let me know if you can make it!

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

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