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Gandeys Circus Returns

Gandeys Circus on The Heath

Gandeys Circus is back again and is set to entertain Knutsford from tomorrow evening.

The list of shows and special offers are on their website.

Kevin Griffiths

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Great British Spring Clean 2019

Great British Spring Clean Logo

We’ll be taking part in the national campaign again this year by holding our next litter-pick on Sunday 24th March, between 11am and 12pm.

As the campaign says “join us, as we prepare to stand together and declare that litter pollution, including single-use plastic – which degrades the beauty of our environment and threatens to harm wildlife – is not acceptable”.

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!”

Kevin Griffiths

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Conservation Work Day Report – 5th March

Tuesday treated us to warm sunny weather, which soon had us stripping off layers of clothing as we tackled the heavy job of replacing rotten bollards. This took most of the day.

Towards the end, we carried out work in the woodland. We did an inspection for wind-damaged and potentially dangerous branches and cut them down. And we finish by repaired and replaced some nest boxes.

The session was longer than normal, running to four o’clock. But it was time well spent as we achieved so much.

Thank you to our fantastic volunteers for your time and to Cheshire Wildlife Trust for running the day.

Kevin Griffiths

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Conservation Work Day – 5th March

Cheshire Wildlife Trust Logo

Our next conservation work day in the Knutsford Heath Nature Reserve will be on Tuesday 5th from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm.

Under the supervision of Cheshire Wildlife Trust we’ll continue the job of maintaining the Reserve.

Job Done

Our tasks this time will include replacing some of the bollards that mark the boundary between the heather and grassland, and repairing damaged nest boxes.

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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New Litter Bins

Four new bins were installed on The Heath last Thursday. They have been conveniently placed at four entrances as shown on the map. They should make it easier for visitors to dispose of their litter and also reduce the load on the existing bins that tend to fill up quickly.

Map showing location of new bins
Map showing new litter bin locations.

Friends of The Heath’s campaign for more bins has been successful thanks to Knutsford Town Council’s generosity in purchasing them for the site. We are also grateful to ANSA for installing them and for their day to day work in removing litter.

Let’s hope the new bins will reduce the amount we will need to pick up at our next scheduled litter-pick event on 24th March.

Kevin Griffiths

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BGB 2019 – The Results

Birdwatch Group

We hosted our third annual birdwatching event on Sunday 27th January, as part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch weekend. Experts from the Knutsford Ornithological Society led enthusiastic amateur birdwatchers for an hour. We split into three groups to cover all parts of the Big Heath and woodland, and collated our results at the end.

The conditions were windy but this did not seem to diminish the number of birds. We spotted nineteen different species, which was similar to previous years. Long-tailed tits were the most numerous. They seem to be growing in number.

You can view below a yearly comparison of the species with the number of individuals seen:

Species 2017 2018 2019
Blackheaded Gull426
Blue Tit444
Buzzard 3 
Carrion Crow222
Coal Tit1 2
Collared Dove 1 
Feral Pigeon 2 
Great Spotted Woodpecker111
Great Tit232
Kestrel  1
Long-tailed Tit438
Song Thrush111
Treecreeper 1 
Wood Pigeon4  46
Wren 11
Grand Total 47 48 53

Kevin Griffiths

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