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Some thoughts on non-native species

How many non-native species do you think there are in the UK? Ten? Fifty? A few hundred? Keep going upwards… 220 more words


Poringland Wood - Taking on the Himalayan Balsam

Thursday 6th July 2017

My last visit to Poringland Woods with the Fringe Project was around three years ago to clear the invasive rhododendron which had spread across a large section of the wood.  466 more words

Woodland Management

Still Wild After all These Days

Summer moves on, at Blashford on Sunday I saw my first gatekeeper of the year, oddly a little later than in some years, most other butterflies have been merging a little earlier than usual, so I am not sure why they alone are later. 156 more words

30 Days Wild - Day 21 - Still no orchids

With little time and no moments of good fortune to fall back on, it’s a quick one today.  94 more words


30 Days Wild - Day 20: Over Heated

Tuesday is one of our volunteer days at Blashford, but it was not a day for heavy work in the sun. Luckily we needed to do a second sweep along the Dockens Water to remove  474 more words

Brilliant Volunteers

As I have noted many times on this blog, Blashford Lakes would not be anything like as good a site without the invaluable input from our great volunteer team. 651 more words

Progress Against an Invader

Thursday at Blashford is volunteer day and we had a good turn out of fourteen for our first Himalayan balsam pull of the year. After many years of pulling this plant we have very significantly reduced the population and it is nowhere the dominant plant. 371 more words