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.
It was a great day when volunteers gathered to begin the planting of the new reed bed at Logan’s meadow. The ground was tougher than expected but with real enthusiasm and determination the common reeds, sedge, flag iris, purple loosestrife and marsh marigold were all given their place. Everybody was excited by the prospect of watching this site develop knowing they were a vital part in it’s creation
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.