Beaver Scouts Outdoor Challenge

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Trees on Knutsford HeathWe were pleased to have the opportunity to take the 5th Knutsford Beaver Scouts around The Heath to help them gain their Outdoor Challenge badges. In separate visits we guided the Navajo, Sioux and Apache colonies through two activities: a bug hunt in the heather and a trail through the wood. They put all their energy into exploring the space and discovered many of the plants and animals that live there.

Thank you to the scout leaders for bringing the Beavers to The Heath and for managing the lively little explorers!

Kevin Griffiths

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Mid-summer Clean

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The Heath is looking splendid in its mid-summer verdancy and is litter-free following our latest clean up.

Sunday morning brought out our regular litter-pickers as well as some newbies. It was a pleasure to meet so many locals who share our desire to look after The Heath.

Thank you all for helping.

Kevin Griffiths

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Clean Up The Heath – 25th June

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Friends of The Heath are running another litter-pick event on Knutsford Heath on Sunday 25th June between 11am and noon.

A group of like-minded volunteers will be roaming the site giving the area a good old clean-up. This is no small task, so 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!”

Kevin Griffiths

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Lions on The Heath

The Lions have traditionally held a street fair in Knutsford on the late May bank holiday. This year, being their centenary, they decided to go for something bigger and invite other Lions groups. For their venue, they chose The Heath.

It turned out to be an undoubted success with lots of visitors entertaining by a multitude of activities such as live music, firing a rocket at the moon, donkey rides, welly-wanging and children’s games.

Well done to Clive Heath and all the other organisers!

You can read more about the Knutsford & District Lions Club at their website.

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Friends of The Heath even had a stall. It gave us the opportunity to chat with visitors and explain what we do. As a result we gained some new Friends whom we are pleased to welcome on board.

Kevin Griffiths

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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.

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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  5. Blue Tit
  6. Blue Tit
  7. No Nesting Birds
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  11. Blue Tit
  12. No Nesting Birds
  13. Bat Box
  14. No Nesting Birds
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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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