The Autumn/Winter work parties resumed in early October. The primary focus has been on cutting the existing grasslands. There has also been some additional scrub clearance to both extend and enhance the existing grasslands.
The best wildlife asset at Newbold is the poor calcareous soil on the quarry spoil banks. This provides ideal conditions for supporting wildflowers that are not so readily found elsewhere in the local area. To maintain, we cut annually and rake off the cuttings, after the flowering season has finished. This prevents unwanted soil improvement from decaying vegetation. The wildflowers and grasses support the invertebrate life of the quarry.
The pictures show the current area of maintenance. Click on an image display in a larger viewer.