Scrub clearance at Tablehurst

Date: 20 February 2016
Start time: 2pm (duration about 2 hours)

Meet at the farm car park at 2pm and walk up to reservoir as a group. Cut back scrub and create habitat piles. Please bring long sleeved warm clothing, work gloves and labelled tools if you have them – most useful are loppers, bow saws, secateurs, rakes and shears.

But why would we do this….?

It is a great place to record wildflowers, butterflies, grasshoppers, micromoths and the location of the only reptile we recorded at Tablehurst last year (grass snake) was on the dam side of the farm reservoir which is steadily being overgrown by woody scrub (hawthorn, blackthorn, oak, ash, alder, willow amongst others). From the farm’s perspective, the scrub will eventually grow into big trees and threaten the integrity of the dam wall by root systems creating routes for water to escape, not to mention the wildflower habitat being pushed out by the woody species. So in doing this job we’ll be helping both the farm and some of the special wildlife found at this spot. Let us know if you would like to come, so we have an idea of numbers.

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