Volunteers from a local company helped to create a new woodland walk in the tree line at Stourbridge Common. This area is a unique habitat as it contains an extensive ephemeral pond which attracts many associated species and makes this a very interesting site especially in the spring and early summer for investigation and observation.

To help support the steady growth in numbers of otters on our rivers, otter holts were installed on two of our riverside reserves with the help of our Saturday volunteer group. The holts were sited in secluded, quiet bankside locations and will hopefully provide daytime refuge for these amazing animals as they navigate our waterways.

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A selection of logs from native trees were collected together to create a very impressive vertical log pile. With the help of volunteers from a local company the log pile took shape and even looked quite artistic and sculptural in it’s finished state. The log pile will rot down slowly,providing the perfect environment for ground beetles to lay their eggs in. The resulting larvae then develop and feed in the rotting deadwood this process can sometimes take up to  four years for some species. IMG_1188

The Perse School undertook the task of providing homes for our city’s hedgehogs. Following a design brief they constructed sturdy, water proof wooden houses which it is hoped will go on to provide a safe refuge as a either a day nest or sctual hibernation site for local hedgehogs. Some of the homes were taken to the nearby housing area,  Accordia where local children were given a chance to learn some more about the habits of hedgehogs and then site the homes in places they decided would be most suitable.

Monitoring Tunnels were placed around the site also to try and confirm the presence of hedgehogs. The tunnels are set up with food bait inside them and the hedgehogs have to cross an ink pad and then a sheet of paper to reach the food. By looking at the foot prints it is possible to see if hedgehogs are active in the area. Fingers crossed!

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On Friday 2nd August the Costello Medical Group had a day out of the office and on to the meadow. We gathered on Sheep’s Green Nature Reserve and had a quick de-brief for the task ahead. We wanted to dig a pond in one of the historic water ways on the site which had become silted up over time. Our aim was to create more opportunities for aquatic plants in this area.

On Friday 2nd August the Costello Medical Group had a day out of the office and on to the meadow. We gathered on Sheep’s Green Nature Reserve and had a quick de-brief for the task ahead. We wanted to dig a pond in one of the historic water ways on the site which had become silted up over time. Our aim was to create more opportunities for aquatic plants in this area.

The group enthusiastically rose to the challenge creating a total of three ponds with a channel linking them all together.

Digging in high humidity with high temperatures definitely earned them an ice cream break at Lammas Land play area. After a quick lunch break they were ready to move on to their next task of “de-Ragworting” the New Bit area of Coe fen. They were extreemly efficient at removing this yellow flowered plant but equally vigilant at looking out for the Cinnabar caterpillars that might be munching on them.

With our last bit of energy we weeded around the young trees in that area.

It was a great day and I was deeply impressed by the group’s energy and obvious camaraderie!