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Conservation Work Report – 9th May

Today we continued our work to keep the heather areas clear of gorse and tree saplings. It wasn’t as backbreaking as last time as Adam, our volunteer leader, brought the brush cutter along with him. The main job for us was collecting what Adam had cut and stacking it out of sight.

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Unfortunately we cut one gorse plant that was home to a vole family. But, fortunately, the parent was able to move its children to a safe location, as we watched in amazement.

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Cheshire Wildlife Trust took the opportunity of the visit to check their nest boxes and were pleased to report that ten were occupied by breeding birds. The observation for each box is shown below. This a fantastic result from our effort installing the boxes over recent months.

Nest Box Location Map

  1. No Nesting Birds
  2. Great Tit
  3. Blue Tit
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  13. Bat Box
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  17. Blue Tit
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  20. Great Tit

Thank you to Cheshire Wildlife Trust for running the event and to our wonderful volunteers for their time and effort.

Kevin Griffiths

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Knutsford ‘Royal’ May Day 2017

Knutsford had its liveliest day on Saturday. The annual “Royal” May Day parade brought crowds of spectators to the town’s streets and then onto The Heath to witness the crowning of this year’s lovely May Queen. After the elegance of the day’s main event, the fun fair provided hours of exhilaration.

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If you’d like to know more about this wonderful tradition, visit the Knutsford ‘Royal’ May Day website.

Kevin Griffiths

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Conservation Work Day – 9th May

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Our next conservation work day in the Knutsford Heath Nature Reserve will be on Tuesday 9th from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm.Cheshire Wildlife Trust Logo

Under the supervision of Cheshire Wildlife Trust we’ll continue with the ongoing work of removing scrub from the heathland.

Please come and join the party – even if only for a short time, as many hands make light work!

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).

Kevin Griffiths

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Conservation Work Report

Today, 21st March, we had yet another productive day with volunteers from Friends of The Heath and Cheshire Wildlife Trust (CWT). Together we cleared gorse, put up nest boxes and planted trees.

In the morning we cleared some new gorse growth from the heather by the sand pit – though we decided it would be easier using a brush cutter so that will be done next time.

We put up seven more nest boxes in the northern part of the Nature Reserve, towards Tabley Road, bringing the total installed to twenty. Two are wooden, made by CWT volunteers, and the other five are made from woodcrete.

Nest Box Locations v2b

After lunch we planted fifty saplings, a mixture of hazel and hawthorn, by working our way around the Northwich Road and Ladies Mile perimeters. They will be particularly beneficial for the birdlife because they will provide nuts and berries in autumn.

Thank you to Cheshire Wildlife Trust for running the event and to our wonderful volunteers for their time and effort.

Kevin Griffiths

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Conservation Work Day – 21st March

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Our next conservation work day in the Knutsford Heath Nature Reserve will be on Tuesday 21st March from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm.Cheshire Wildlife Trust Logo

Under the supervision of Cheshire Wildlife Trust we’ll be putting up nest boxes, removing scrub from the heathland and planting Hazel and Hawthorn.

Please come and join the party – even if only for a short time, as many hands make light work!

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).

Kevin Griffiths

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Hardy Litter-pickers – Thank You

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Today’s litter-pick event was one of our wettest so we are specially grateful to the few hardy volunteers who braved the rain.

As expected, we picked up lots of discarded bottles, cans and food wrappings but we were surprised to find more serious tipping: a truck battery in the woodland, and hessian bags full of newspapers hidden in the bushes by the bowling green wall, just like we found last June. We hope the culprit will realise their behavior is both antisocial and illegal, and will not repeat it.

Thank you all for helping to clean up The Heath.

Kevin Griffiths

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