The grass cutting has been going since last month and with the volume to be completed, will probably keep the volunteers busy on this task until Christmas! This exercise is essential to keep the grasslands open, for the benefit of the wild flowers and grasses that are essential to support the invertebrate life.Continue reading “Ashlawn Update, October 2020”
The first work party of the Autumn/Winter season took place on Tuesday 6th October 2020.Continue reading “Work resumes at Newbold Quarry”
Let in the light
Our work in the cutting during this month has focused on two key activities:Continue reading “Ashlawn Cutting – September 2020”
We have been very active in our conservation work since returning from the enforced lock-down. Work has taken place in four key areas.Continue reading “Ashlawn Update – August 2020”
The first volunteer work party since the covid-19 lock-down restrictions took place on Thursday 6th August 2020 at Ashlawn Cutting.Continue reading “We’re Back…..!!”
The grasslands from the station platform looking south are coming into full bloom, aided by the favourable weather of late, bringing that wanted mix of sunshine and rain.Continue reading “Ashlawn Meadows come alive!”
The Big Butterfly Count 2020 takes place between Friday 17th July and Sunday 9th August 2020. Full Guidance on how to prepare and take part is available from the dedicated website: https://bigbutterflycount.org/
The identification chart used in the survey is available from the website and is also linked here.
The site at Newton underwent extensive restoration work to benefit the local wildlife. This of course also makes it a very spectacular site for us humans to visit. It was a project run by Butterfly Conservation in partnership with Newton and Biggin Parish Council. You can read about the grand re-opening of the site here.
The gallery shows some recent pictures of some of the wild flowers species that are currently in bloomContinue reading “Flowers at Newton “Five Arches” Wildlife Site”
For the last two winter seasons, new hedge lines have been created and/or restored in two sections of the cutting by dedicated volunteers:
- Blossom Way Entrance to Little Farm
- From Onley Land end, on western boundary
The open grasslands at the quarry have unfortunately seen too much human activity during the warm weather, with a lot of the ground smothered by sunbathing. This has taken its tool on the orchids. Fortunately, some have still thrived where there has been no disturbance.Continue reading “Newbold Quarry – June 2020”