Conservation Tasks Update
At the end of last year, the team did a great job of laying a hedge along the southern boundary of Campbell Park. It will be interesting to see how this develops this year.
Since the turn of the year, the team have been out with our Biodiversity Officer Grace Burger delivering a range of works that help us to conserve the biodiversity and landscape of our parks. Amongst the tasks completed in January and February were hedge laying at the Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve; creating partially-buried deadwood habitat piles in Howe Park Wood (great for bugs and beetles!) and clearing a pond at Hazeley Wood. The latest project has been helping to create some limestone ‘scrapes’ at Stanton Low. This is where the layer of topsoil has been removed and seeded with a diverse flora mix to create low-nutrient, rubbly conditions that will enable a more diverse range of flora to develop which in turn should attract more insects, including, we hope, the small blue butterfly.
This is great work and thanks to the team for all your efforts.
Looking ahead, during March we’ll be wrapping up the winter scrub clearance tasks at Walton Lake in preparation for the bird nesting season. In April, we’ll be joining volunteers from the Inland Waterways Association and the Canal and River Trust on the Canal Clean Up, from Fenny Stratford to Wolverton. We’ll also be busy in the workshop creating nesting rafts for wildfowl to put out at Linford Lakes and paddling in the river at the Floodplain Forest clearing areas of gravel to improve fish spawning habitat. Into May, we’ll be trying out a new propagation technique and having a go at hazel layering in Linford Wood. In June, we’ll have a go at constructing bug hotels at Manor Farm Court, providing nesting and hibernation sites for a diversity of invertebrates, small mammals and perhaps some amphibians and reptiles too. Check out our full programme of upcoming practical tasks here!