4 Redpoll cattle have settled in to graze this valuable mosaic of grassland and scrub throughout September and October. Their grazing helps to push back scrub, reduce invasive non-natives such as Golden rod and Michealmas daisy on the site. Their presence also works to break up the ground for new plants to seed into and the dung provides a home for a myriad of invertebrates,which in turn creates a good food source for the birds. The cows help to continue the great job the volunteer work parties do throughout the year at…

This beautiful late flowering plant is a welcome sight at this time of year. The species are usually found on dry calcareous grassland or sand dunes. It is a biennial plant,  producing leaves in the first year and the lovely purple flowers in the second. It’s diminutive size means it’s sometimes hard to spot!

You may have noticed New Bit has developed a slight bald patch. Our operations team have forage harvested an area prior to harrowing, that will be seeded with local wildflowers. Working in partnership with the Wildlife Trust we were successful in securing a grant from Coronation Meadow to help increase the wildflowers on this area of the LNR. http://coronationmeadows.org.uk/ The Wildlife Trust have collected seed from their Chettisham Meadow reserve to ensure the plants are as local as possible. http://www.wildlifebcn.org/reserves/chettisham-meadow We will be inviting volunteers to help sow…