Monthly Archives: October 2017

Volunteer session Saturday 14th October

Here is Jonathan’s message

Greetings All,

There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this
Saturday morning, October 14th, from 10.00am until 1.00pm.

Tasks for this occasion as follows:

* We will review First Aid arrangements to check that everyone knows our
procedures and the contents of our First Aid box.
* Some of our gates need clearing of vegetation.
* We have a pear tree in the Orchard which needs re-staking.
* The nose pump needs retrieving from the West Field. Nose pump. Nose
pump. You can’t say it aloud repeatedly without sounding daft.
* There are some repairs to be made to the fence between the West Field
and the Pads footpath.
* The path around the Oak Circle is becoming very overgrown and we should
remove the grass but without damaging the surface.
* Hedge trimming.
* We still have a little ragwort in Big Meadow.
* Various ponds and channels need further clearance work.

In HWP news: the Hedge Working Party meets every Wednesday EXCEPT OCTOBER
11TH. Hopefully this news reaches you in time. (When it does meet, the
times are 9.30am until around 1pm, meeting at the Shed.)

Best wishes,
Jonathan.

A Bumper Count

This time last year we were very pleased with the number of snipe flushed during the first count of the winter. But that tally of 23 has been smashed today with no less than 57 birds spotted shooting out of the marshes. Perhaps they have been driven away from the estuary by the very strong winds?

The usual slow start in the Hay Meadow (1) and Upper Sowerholme (0). Then 12 in School Pond followed by 44 in Big Meadow. many of them appearing to take off from parts of the marsh where the rush is thinner. Over the summer, scything has taken place to cut rides through the marsh vegetation. And control work in 2016 has had a particularly noticeable impact on the rush in School Pond. The aim of these measures is to make the habitat more attractive to snipe. On today’s evidence it has certainly not made it worse!