A lovely sunny day with four of the Friends started by collecting seed, particularly yellow rattle and red clover, which will be used in the autumn to help in the process of creating the Cornfield Grassland. We then spent an hour pulling curled dock, a harmful species that has become widespread on the Meadows and the Ings following the lengthy inundation over winter. Thanks to Julie, Mark and Pete for the help. We also went for a look at the bee bank, Cornfield arable and the Cornfield flower strip afterwards (not forgetting the bee orchids).
Over recent weeks the Friends have spent a lot of money paying for contractors to spray the docks and more recently for Humber TCV to pull them. Individuals have also spent time pulling them. Following today’s efforts a builder’s bag and a half went for disposal.
There were lots of bees buzzing about feeding on the yellow rattle and clover that was still in flower.
Work party list for July and August below-
|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|
|Erect remaining Barn Owl box|
|Erect Tree Sparrow boxes in RB|