Conservation Work Day – 8th May

Volunteers on Knutsford Heath

Our next conservation work day will be on Tuesday 8th May from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm.Cheshire Wildlife Trust Logo

Under the supervision of Cheshire Wildlife Trust we’ll be working in the Nature Reserve.

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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Pub in the Park – Bulletin 3

After a period of uncertainty, September’s ‘Pub in the Park’ event has changed its venue from The Heath to land adjacent to the Lambing Shed on Chelford Road. We are pleased it has secured a location that is within the parish of Knutsford and has no legal question mark over it. We hope it is a big success.

To avoid similar confusion over planning events on The Heath in the future it needs to be clear which types of events are appropriate for the site. A range of factors need to be taken into consideration, including statutory requirements. We aim to liaise with the stakeholders to produce a set of principles that everyone can agree.

Kevin Griffiths

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Conservation Day – Rowan Planting

Our volunteers had a busy day on Tuesday, tackling a variety of jobs:

  • Gorse cutting
  • Nest box maintenance
  • Rhododendron removal
  • Rowan tree planting
  • Bollard post repair

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We planted twenty-five rowan trees in gaps round the edge of the wood. They should grow well on The Heath’s soil and provide much-needed berries to feed the birds in winter.

While working, it was wonderful to observe nature’s signs of spring. Birds, large and small, were busy building nests. Particularly enchanting was the sight of a long-tailed tit constructing its nest in a gorse bush. The nest is made of cobwebs and moss; these materials allow the nest to expand as the brood grows.

Long-tailed Tit Nest

Long-tailed Tit Nest

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 – 20th March

Volunteers on Knutsford Heath

Our first conservation work day of 2018 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 working in the Nature Reserve. The work will include tree planting, scrub clearing and nest boxes maintenance.

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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Fireworks Litter

The Heath is a community space for exercise and relaxation. Anyone can use it but they have a duty to take care of it for the benefit of everyone else, now and for the future. It goes without saying that litter should be placed in the bins provided or taken home for disposal. Most people accept this and do their bit to look after The Heath but our regular litter-picks reveal that some people do not.

We collected 30 bags of litter on a recent litter-pick, including the usual food wrappings, cans and bottles that litter-louts had carelessly discarded. We found fly-tipped rubbish, including ceramic plates, bed sheets and garden refuse. There was also a large quantity of plastic debris, a sample of which is shown in the photo.

Firework Plastic Artefacts

Our research has found the debris was caused by fireworks, possibly a display of some sort. An inquiry to a local professional fireworks display company has identified the firework as a “Cat 3 Multi-shot Cake” type that can typically hold from 50 to 1000 shots. Each shot ejects from the cake on a random trajectory making a whistling sound that culminates in a loud bang.

We understand that this type of firework isn’t generally used by professional display companies because they are responsible for the clean-up after the event and hence have a ‘no plastics’ policy. It seems likely, therefore, that this debris has come from an over-the-counter firework set off by a private individual. As the debris has appeared since our previous litter-pick in September, it also seems likely that the fireworks were set off as part of a Bonfire Night or New Year celebration.

While we all enjoy the spectacle of fireworks, they must be used responsibly and responsible use includes cleaning up the debris, whatever it may be.

Please spread the word so that this message reaches whoever caused this litter and anyone else contemplating setting off fireworks on The Heath. They should seek authorisation from the land owner first and ensure that all the debris is completely removed afterwards. Plastics should be avoided because of the risk of fragments being ingested by dogs and other animals.

Kevin Griffiths

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Litter-pick Heroes

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Our Great British Spring Clean event had a strong turn out of “litter picking heroes” this morning. We were delighted to see some of our regulars as well as some new faces.  Even the land owner, Henry Brooks, popped by for a chat and helped us by taking the final group photo.

The volunteers did an excellent job, scouring all parts of The Heath and by the end had collected thirty bags of rubbish as well as a barrow full of fly-tipped bed sheets.

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Thank you everybody for doing your bit to clean up our neighbourhood!

Kevin Griffiths

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