Monthly Archives: October 2018

Deer and Linnets

3 roe deer are being seen regularly between the arable field and Upper Sowerholme, where they probably hide out in the reeds during the day. And on Saturday we saw our first flock of over-wintering linnets on the oak tree on the Long Pads – about 20

Volunteer Saturday 13th October 2018

Here is Jonathan’s message:

Greetings All,

There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this
Saturday morning, October 13th, starting at 10.00am and finishing at

This week’s To Do list looks a bit like…

1. The channel and ponds in our Upper Sowerholme reed bed need clearing of
encroaching vegetation to ensure some clear water. This is very much a
wellington boot job, indeed we have two pairs of waders available (size 8
and 9) if anyone wants to really take the plunge. This will also involve
the replanting of any phragmites reeds moved out of the channel into the
surrounding marsh.

2. We have recently opened up an area of Flora Field as a wildflower patch
using a digger to remove the turf. We are now ready to plant out donated
teasel plants and to sow a suitable seed mix.

3. If we complete the above tasks we can  move on to hedge trimming.

And that’s it for now,
Best wishes,

Here we go again….

The first flush count of the winter this morning put up a total of 22 snipe, all common. All bar one (Hay Meadow) were in Big Meadow. A reasonable tally for this point in the season. The marshes are very dry, the recent rains clearly still replenishing the water table after the summer’s drought. Other notable sightings: two dunnock flying along the Upper/Lower Sowerholme boundary and a jay in Pony Wood. And something unidentified rustling amidst the phragmites which are now quite dense in parts of Upper Sowerholme.