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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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Ashlawn Cutting, April 2018 – It’s warming up!

The warmer weather is making our wildlife more visible, The slideshow has pictures of the Orange Tip butterfly and newts in the path-side pools Brimstone butterflies are also very visible. The male of the species has upper wings that are all yellow and therefore very recognisable. There is a picture in the slideshow showing a […]

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Hedgerow Completed

On 24th March, another full length of hedge was completed. This has required extensive effort from many volunteers. The original tree line was typically too high and tangled, but the volunteers  made a valiant effort to thin it out and bring it down to workable size.   The pictures show the pleaching of the last standing […]

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28th Dec report

The snow had brought down many trees but the ones blocking the path have been cleared near Ashlawn bridge. 6 of us turned out in the bright sunshine and got stuck in to making the path walkable once more. An excellent advert for our group and satisfying. We’ll meet at Ashlawn car park again to […]

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28th Dec report

It certainly was a good work party, the path was impassable South of Ashlawn and difficult to the North. Good that so many walkers could see us in action. There are still partial obstructions but at least the GCWalk is passable through the reserve and all is safe. And all in glorious sunshine. Pics from […]

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Owl Boxes

Here’s our Christmas present to the Owls, 2 potential new nesting boxes. Due to “circumstances beyond our control” we put one facing into the DJ plantation on a hedgerow Ash tree near to the one on our embankment. Not our land but a good site and something to interest walkers. Karl Curtis to advise Chris Worman. […]

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Workparty report

It was a lovely day today (Sunday 12th Nov).  Fresh but sunny and not too much in the way of noisy brushcutters.  A very good turnout with lots to do, a very enjoyable morning. Report from Margaret

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Hedgehog sightings

2 days after removing trap on F4e we had a WP on F5w near bridge, and a dog walker reported 2 hogs at btm of Z path. This is  not that far from where the trap was. Report by Phil Parr

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Recent moth news

Early July has bought out the moths,  see pictures by Phil.

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