Report on the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 2nd June 2016

Part of our management plan is to cut around the key areas of tansy (Pond and New Meadow) three times in the summer to reduce competition from plants that might smother the tansy itself – in the past we had a particular problem with bindweed. The current competition near the Pond is from yellow loosestrife and nettles, but unfortunately as we found both of these plants were host to Tansy Beetle eggs, so volunteers had to be doubly careful.

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So thanks to Pete, Jason, Masha, Andra, Lauren, Judi, Tess and Mick who worked around both mounds of tansy finding many beetles and eggs, along with damselflies and other creatures.

Damselfly (c) Masha Sitnikova

Damselfly (c) Masha Sitnikova

Few of the plants to the south and east of the Pond had survived the flooding but the ones along the nearby Ings Dyke, planted in April with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Tansy Beetle Champion volunteers, were doing well and beetles were sighted.

Ings Dyke TB's 1 (1024x768) Ings Dyke TB's 2 (1024x768)

Ideally  some weeding amongst those plants might be beneficial in the long term but we’ll have to see if we have time, along with competition control in the other tansy stands we now have.

Current planned activities below. Work parties start at 18:30 on Thursdays.

Month Sun Thurs Task
June 2016 12th   FHT Invertebrate ID Course (numbers limited)- FULL
      15th – 17th June Floodplain Meadows Partnership on site (?)
    16th Clearing around tansy plants by New Meadow
      20th – 26th June National Insect Week
  26th   Seed collecting – near Pond
      Balsam bashing
July 2016     Sat 2nd July – National Meadows Day
  10th   Clearing around tansy plants by Pond
    28th Clearing around tansy plants by New Meadow
August 2016   11th Clearing around tansy plants by Pond
    25th Clearing around tansy plants by New Meadow
September 2016 x    
October 2016 x    
      Erect remaining Barn Owl box
      Erect Tree Sparrow boxes in RB



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