Monthly Archives: July 2016

A couple of new flowers

Whilst undertaking the wildflower survey today we noted a couple of flowers not recorded on the Reserve before:

Common cat’s-ear in the Hay Meadow


Greater Knapweed which id the predominant wildflower now growing in the Flora Field wildflower margin.


Sorry if these photos are ‘sideways on’, the software seems to have a mind of its own when inserting photos taken with my camera!

Hare sighting

An excellent close-up of a brown hare in West Field yesterday as Oliver and I carried out the monthly reserve inspection on a lovely sunny morning. We were just stood quietly in the field when it stuck its head up above the grass about 20 metres away. To my untrained eyes, it seemed a big and healthy animal. It looked at us for a bit then casually bounded off a short distance, leaping over the tussocks. Clearly not unduly bothered by our presence. We then spotted it twice more as we continued on through the field.


Volunteering session Saturday 9th July

Here is Jonathan’s message

Greetings All,

There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this
Saturday morning, July 9th, starting at 10.00am and finishing at 1.00pm or
very much thereabouts.

If you can come along here are some of the activities you can look forward

* Strimming the grass that overhangs the Fauna path.

* Strimming in the Orchard where we are returning land to grass.

* Cutting back and digging out bramble along the Fauna path.

* Cutting off and removing flowering heads of dock around the Flora Field
the Paddock and in Carr House Meadow.

* Weeding around new hedge saplings along the Pads footpath.

* Weeding around the new plugs in the Hay Meadow.

* Thinning out apples according to our expert advice.

Or in it’s shortened form: strim, strim, cut, cut, weed, weed and thin.

Best wishes,