Wednesday, 24 September 2014
On Thursday Assistant Ranger Kate led a mammal trapping session in carding mill valley, starting with the ten traps that had been set in the garden the night before.
Many of the participants got involved and helped to release the mammals back into the wild. during the course several wood mice, a field vole and yellow necked mouse were all found (alive), examined and released back where they were found.
Friday, 5 September 2014
Volunteers spent a morning strimming the wildflower area of the garden, helping to encourage the beautiful native flowers to flourish. Come spring a wide range of flowers will be visible from the roof terrace, alongside birds using the birdfeeders.
FTV Charis, Assistant Ranger Will and volunteer John also cleared and leveled an area of the allotement in preparation for a brand new polytunnel which will help to provide the tea room with home grown veg!
Monday, 25 August 2014
Every Friday through August Raft Building sessions have been running throughout the day. They have been very popular rain or shine and we are all looking forwards to our last session this coming friday!
Other sessions this summer have included weekly Pond Dipping and A Land Rover Safari with our head ranger David Cowell.
Sunday, 24 August 2014
Next year will be the 50th year since the National Trust bought the Long Mynd. It has changed a lot since then and we have big plans for the future as well. Why not come to the back of the tearoom tomorrow (25th August) for a talk by the assistant ranger called "50 years on the Long Mynd". There will be a talk at 11:30am and at 2:30pm.
Friday, 22 August 2014
Saturday, 2 August 2014
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
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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.