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.
The Wildlife Trust have collected seed from their Chettisham Meadow reserve to ensure the plants are as local as possible.
We will be inviting volunteers to help sow the seed on the 28th September. Watch this space for more details.
A local resident wanted to celebrate the life of her mother by installing a memorial bench. It was fitting to choose Paradise Nature reserve as the venue as this was a favourite place for her mother to stroll around. Sadly, in later years she found the walk just a bit too far and would have really benefitted from having a bench to rest on and enjoy the surroundings. For this reason some kind of seating was seen as the most fitting tribute which would also benefit the community.
It was felt that a more natural looking bench would suit the environment and so a fallen willow from nearby Sheep’s Green was used for the four benches while a felled Poplar was used for the central table. Although wood from these trees may not be as durable as some other hard wood varieties, it felt appropriate to use wood from the local reserve but also wood that would have a life as a bench but then go on to provide shelter and food as it rotted down and rejoined the ecosystem at the reserve. The benches are situated next to the new pond and will hopefully become well used and provide the setting for many happy occasions.
Byron’s pool nature reserve was the beautiful location selected for the latest task in Bidwells and Waitrose corporate social responsibilty programme. The workers who are part of this scheme are eager to give something back to their local community. These two Trumpington based companies decided on supporting their nearby nature reserve by part taking in some conservation work. The task was to cut and rake the woodland glade situated by the river. It was important to clear the glade as many woodland species use these key areas to feed and reproduce. The cutting and raking stops the vegetation from becoming rank and species poor.
The volunteers were enthusiastic and happily accepted our chosen tool for the day, the scythe! Once full instructions were given they readily took to this traditional method of clearance even in the soaring temperatures. Regular stops for blade sharpening gave the opportunity for chats about life at the busy superstore and changes in the housing markets of Cambridge. But it wasn’t long before the rhythmic cutting motion of scythes worked it’s magic and conservations turned to bigger themes such as, nature and how important green spaces are to local people especially when on their lunch breaks!
We finished with a cup of tea and general agreement that a day out in the sunshine enhancing the biodiversity of Byron’s pool was a very worthy use of time.
Many thanks to all involved!
Newnham nursery had a wonderful nature walk in Paradise nature reserve on a lovely, sunny autumnal morning this November. The children were very inquistitive about the leaves, ducks and sticks! The best part was probably the puddles where their wellies proved invaluable. It was lovely to see how being outside was so completely absorbing for them.