Trumpington Meadows nature reserve – volunteering news

On the last volunteer day we cleared some areas of south-facing bank along the old railway line – a bank that is a great habitat for invertebrates and reptiles, and therefore benefits from as much sunlight as it can get. With a big team on the day we finished the task quickly and spent the afternoon removing tree supports from the parkland trees and tree guards.

On Wednesday 2nd December we’re meeting to finish off the Coprolite Pond banks. We have a very small amount of scrub to clear back, a lot to load and drag to the bonfire site. Once that’s done, if there’s time, we’ll move to the copse near the M11 to remove tree guards. If you can join us please let me know. We’ll meet by the bike rack over the M11 bridge at 10am. As always, bring lunch and drink, your own gloves if you can, and wear outdoor clothes. We’ll provide the tools.

Just a reminder for everyone – our volunteer team meets every 2 weeks on a Wednesday. Our next volunteer day will be 16th December, and after that we will be taking a break for Christmas and will be back on 13th January. Tasks for the remainder of winter can be dependent on weather and other factors, but will include more scrub clearance, path maintenance, tree guard removal, and hopefully some tree and hedge planting.

Trumpington Meadows News

  • More fieldfares seen in the trees around Badgers Wood, and a few redwings. There were 5 little egrets feeding in Water Meadow over a week ago. The highlight of the last week was a very bold kingfisher that’s been hanging around the river between the mosaic/zig-zag area and the kissing seats in Byron’s Pool. Listen out for a kingfisher call to better spot them – they sound a bit like a dog whistle to me.
  • Thank you so much to volunteers Mike and Rob who have built this amazing new hedgehog enclosure. We are a release centre for Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital, and this enclosure allows the hedgehog to become acclimatised to new surroundings for a few before being fully released. Great job!
  • Our annual photography competition is now open for entries. Last year featured a beautiful photo from Trumpington Meadows by local photographer Mike Harris. It would be great to represent the reserve every year, so get snapping.
  • There’s a free Zoom talk next Wednesday on butterflies by Dr Andrew Bladon – he has recently produced a paper on how butterflies achieve their ideal body temperature, the findings of which have important applications for management at our reserve. For details, get in touch.

Kingfisher photo credit: Mike Snelle (The Wildlife Trust)

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