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Bird Surveying

There has been some opening up of small rides within the scrub, to provide an opportunity for bird surveying. The birds are caught in a fine net, then assessed, ringed and released. This is all done by experts, who are working alongside our conservation volunteers. Over time, this will gives us a much more precise […]

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Grassland Cutting Season

We are now fully into the season for maintaining the grasslands within the cutting. This involves cutting the growth down low with a brushcuuter, following by raking off the cut material. This keeps the nutrient levels as low as possible, providing the most suitable conditions for the wildflower growth next season. The picture below gives […]

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Work Parties Back in Action

Work parties have now resumed at the quarry and will run each Tuesday throughout the Autumn/Winter season. Work has been initially focused on maintaining the existing grasslands that we have. This means cutting the low growth with a brushcutter and saws to reduce overhang from trees and scrub. The quarry has the potential to support […]

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See what summer has brought!

With the arrival of summer weather, we are seeing a significant increase in invertebrate activity in the cutting. This is most noticeable for butterflies and dragonflies It’s a great time to come out with children and practice your identification skills. There is an opportunity to feedback your sightings via the Big Butterfly count. The survey […]

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A Walk Through Ashlawn Cutting

This video takes you through the entire length of the Ashlawn Cutting Reserve. You will see examples of the natural delights to be found and some of the volunteers who actively maintain and enhance the site. Credit goes to Ken Monk, one of our dedicated volunteers, for producing this presentation.

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November 13, 2018

It has been a bit hit and miss with regards to getting regular work parties running at the quarry site. A well attended session took place on 13-12-2018, under leadership from Brandon. It is hoped that a local work party leader can be appointed early in 2019. Then, we can look forward to running regular […]

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Ashlawn Cutting – Sewa Day – October 2018

On Sunday October 28th, the regular Ashlawn Volunteers were joined by a large group of volunteers representing Sewa. The official date for Sewa Day was 2 weeks earlier, but that day was a complete washout and we could not have effectively and safely conducted the work in the cutting. I have directly copied this overview […]

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Ashlawn Update – July 2018

The most visible wildlife on the site this month are butterflies. All species of “whites” have been very numerous. We are also seeing Silver-Washed Fritillaries in greater numbers. The movie¬†clip shows a frenzy of whites on a mud puddle.   The Silver Washed Fritillary (shown below) gives the volunteer group some enjoyable challenges. The adults […]

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Ashlawn Update – June 2018

Our efforts over the last few weeks have involved controlling of invasive plant species. We have dug out whole hawthorn bushes in some of the prime grasslands so that the grass and wild flowers can continue to flourish. This is very beneficial to the invertebrate life. Don’t worry, the hawthorn is still very strongly represented […]

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Now you can see the hedge!

On Saturday 21st April, the last of the brash from the hedge laying was cleared by burning. Now you can see the entire line of the hedge in an uninterrupted view. The opportunity was also taken to put in some more primrose plants, so hopefully we will seem them in bloom in the spring of […]

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