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Sunday 27th January 11am-12pm
This year we’ll be holding our Big Garden Birdwatch on Sunday 27th.
Friends of The Heath are coordinating with Friends of the Moor and the Knutsford Ornithological Society in a pan-Knutsford event. Friends of the Moor are holding their session on the Moor on Saturday and we’re holding ours on The Heath on Sunday. At both sessions Knutsford Ornithological Society will be providing their expertise.
This is part of the national survey organised by the RSPB. It is important because it shows the state of our UK bird population year on year. We hope you will come and join us and do your bit for wildlife conservation.
Meet: at the interpretation board in the Nature Reserve at 11:00 am.
Tuesday gave us a surprisingly balmy day for the time of year. It was a pleasure to be out in the open air.
We continued the work we did on our previous Conservation Work Day – removing gorse from the heather beds and removing residual roots of rhododendron. Both plants are persistent so this work is likely to continue for some time.
At the start of the day we expected to be hampered by a reduced number of volunteers. This was because the Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT) group had been assigned to more pressing work at the edge of the Peak District, on a project called Slowing the Flow. However, I’m pleased to report that our band of Knutsford volunteers, led by Luke from CWT, easily completed all our planned tasks by mid-afternoon.
While clearing the gorse we were delighted to discover lots of tiny pale green trumpet-shaped structures growing on the ground. These turned out to be the pixie-cup lichen (Cladonia pyxidata).
Pixie-cup lichen with tool
Lichens are fascinating. They are a compound organism made of fungus and algae living in a symbiotic relationship. The fungus provides the structure while the algae provide food by photosynthesis. Yet again, The Heath gives an insight to the natural world.
Thank you to our fantastic volunteers for your time and to Cheshire Wildlife Trust for running the day.
Our next conservation work day in the Knutsford Heath Nature Reserve will be on Tuesday 13th from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm.
Under the supervision of Cheshire Wildlife Trust we’ll continue the job of maintaining the Reserve.
Please come and join the party – even if only for a short time, as many hands make light work! This time there will be a special cake to mark to the end of the year’s endeavour!
Meet: at the interpretation board in the Nature Reserve at 10:00 am or look for us within the Reserve at later times (up to 3:00 pm).
This week we have been pleased to see the removal of a pile of dumped tarmac from The Heath. We understand that someone has dug it up and arranged for it to be taken away by the Tatton Estate.
It had had been half-buried under grass for some years behind the ‘Paws for Thought’ bench.
We don’t know the name of the public-spirited doer but we we would like to express our gratitude to him on behalf of all who enjoy visiting The Heath.
Our volunteers did a great job on Sunday. They scattered to every part of The Heath and returned hauling their bags full of litter.
The Heath looked a lot cleaner by the time they finished.
Well done everyone and thank you!
Friends of The Heath are running another litter-pick event on Knutsford Heath on Sunday 30th September between 11am and noon.
A group of like-minded volunteers will be roaming the site giving the area a good old clean-up. If you can offer even a few minutes, then your help will be much appreciated.
Meet on The Heath at the corner of Tabley Road and Manchester Road at 11am.
Bring gardening gloves or equivalent.
“Many hands make light work!”