Malpass Picnic Site

On the planned visit (17th) we will find a lot of changes on this site.

You can see by the photo’s the river meadows have been sprayed it to kill off everything and now ploughed. I believe it has now been seeded to be a wild flower meadow as is the one adjacent the Cement works (which it was for years until they leased it for crops) This will be great although I guess it will take a few years to be at its best.

As you can see from the pictures a lot of grassland habitats have been disturbed, some of the existing corridors have been widened which is brilliant but could do with more tidying up, but eventually if properly managed should be very good.

I have concerns whether we will be able to keep Marbled White and Small Heath on site with all this disturbance. At least the area of the chalk banks section ‘e ‘ has not changed, though the number of orchids have dropped a great deal.