Saturday, 2 August 2014

Checking our wet flushes

Our ecologist Caroline was helped by students Yolanda and Hannah this week monitoring the wet flushes on the hill at Wildmoor. They assessed the condition of the flushes by checking that they hadn't dried out, polluted or been damaged by recreation of livestock. 

Most were in really good shape with only 2 out of 16 showign signs of slight damage by trampling by ponies. The ponies tend to go into the wet areas in the hot weather but the flushes are robust enough to stand occasional trampling and should and should readily recover.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Mountain Pansy

This beautiful little flower is a Mountain Pansy. We haven't seen one on the hill before, have you?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Attingham Ragwort

Tuesday saw a huge gathering of Shropshire rangers, wardens and volunteers. Over 20 joined forces at Attingham to wage war on the ragwort, making a huge impact. This follows the success of the mega bracken bash here at Carding Mill Valley.

Bracken Cutting

The tractor has its double wheels on and is ready to start cutting bracken! Every year we cut over 40ha in our efforts to reduce bracken, and on High Park you can really see a difference! The bracken there is much shorter compared to the bracken on the rest of the hill. You also get a great view of North Shropshire!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Fallen Oak Branch

On Monday the large oak close to the bird hide dropped one of it's larger branches. No one was injured and after cordoning off the site a tree surgeon examined the tree. A plan is being implemented to ensure the tree is healthy and safe for many years to come.

To ensure visitor safety the bird hide will be closed, however, the roof-top terrace is the perfect place to see, and listen to, Chiffchaff, Siskin and many others!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Cuckoo Spit

Have you seen this around? Known as Cuckoo Spit, this hides a spittlebug which lives off the sap in the plant. Cuckoo spit is known by lots of different names what do you know it as?

Carding Mill Kitchens

Carding Mill Kitchens have produced some elderflower cordial! The flowers were gathered on the hill, and it tastes great! Pop into the Tea Room to get your bottle.

Himalayan Balsam Pulling

The TTF found even more foxgloves when they went to Castle Hill to pull Himalayan Balsam. They made a huge impact, but as ever, there is still plenty left!

Foxgloves in Townbrook

Townbrook Valley is full of beautiful foxgloves at the moment. These are well worth a look, and keep your eye out for the other interesting plants that grow alongside the stream.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Himalayan Balsam

Will and Isabel have been looking for Himalayan Balsam on Castle Hill. This is a really invasive plant, but with the persistence of the volunteers and rangers, the amount on the hill has been severely reduced.
Will enjoyed a break on the swing!