Byron’s pool reserve is to gain a new pond or rather re-instate an old forgotten pond. Retrospective land surveys of the reserve had always shown the presence of a pond but over time and with much bramble growth and fallen trees it had become very hard to know if this was still the case. This week a team of tree surgeons undertook a massive clearance of the area and discovered that the old pond did in fact exist and was still holding some water. This fantastic discovery is most welcome news. The pond will be re-profiled and the area cleared a little more and hopefully by this spring it can be restored to it’s former glory and then some!

Logan’s meadow nature reserve has been the site of lots of work recently. Much tree work has been done, pollarding of many of the large older willows has been the most visible aspect of the work undertaken. One of the results of this is increased light levels which in turn gives the opportunity to plant new younger trees which can add to diversity and improve the overall structure and health of the woodland. Wet woodland species were chosen to cope best with the habitat at Logan’s and last Saturday some happy volunteers had the pleasure of planting them, a great way to spend a morning!

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Logan’s Meadow reserve is having a major make over. The most noticeable work is the pollarding of the Willows along the river bank. It can look a little extreme at first but this essential work has to happen every now and then in a willow’s life cycle if they are growing an area with a high foot-fall.

The trees had become dangerous with many shedding large limbs. The area beneath the trees is well used by the public therefore the risk became too great. The job involved pollarding all the trees at the same time  because they have all grown together as a single unit which means leaving some trees for another year would just make those left exposed and vulnerable to wind throw and further failure. The contractors are working sensitively, preserving many potential bat roosts sites, creating safe deadwood and keeping lower limbs to act as a screen and aid the tree’s regrowth, which should be rapid and with increased vigor.

Other clearance work happening at Logan’s is as a response to increased anti-social activity at the site. There has been a drive to open up large sections and create more light. As well as making the site feel safer it also is a chance to increase the biodiversity of plant life as extra light equals more opportunity for different species to find favorable conditions.

Also more young trees are due to be planted in some of the newly created spaces which will hopefully give a more varied structure to the wooded areas.

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A lovely morning was had in the October sunshine with local company Sentec. They are an enthusiastic group of co-workers committed to making Logan’s Meadow reserve a more bio diverse habitat. There are several sessions planned over the autumn where employees from the company will be given time away from their desks to help out on the reserve. It was great to see how much they enjoyed the work and also the interest and love they had for their local nature reserve.

This beautiful Herald moth ( Scoliopteryx libatrix) was spotted under some undergrowth at Paradise nature reserve, perhaps not totally surprising seeing as the larvae feed on willow (Salix ) and poplar (Populus). Both plentiful in and around the reserve. This moth is a member of the family Noctuidae and overwinters as an adult. It can therefore be one of the last moth species to be seen before winter and then one of the first to be spotted in the spring. They have also been recorded overwintering together in groups, if a good hibernation site is found with suitable conditions they will sensibly share!