Pond clearance was the task for willing volunteers from the Science Park company Citrix. The pond seemed extra muddy on the day as we pulled reeds up and removed rubbish but tje volunteers rose to the challenge. Clearing at least a third of the vegetation is an essential part of pond management and this was triumphantly achieved!

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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