As autumn really takes hold on the reserve, the summer flowers become a distant memory and the final few weeks of butterfly monitoring pass by (Yes they continue through October!) work starts to prepare the reserve for 2017. Whilst visitor numbers drop the maintenance activity on the reserve increases. The Peterborough Conservation Volunteers (PCV) have been on site removing some of the scrub from compartment 3.
Whilst the PCV team are working hard tackling some of the larger scrub the sheep look very relaxed in their complimentary efforts .
The sheep have been busy though with there own clearance work removing vegetation to allow the weaker plants to thrive and add colour in the spring and summer. Without these different management techniques the reserve would quickly return to scrub and loose its wonderful spring and summer displays of flora and fauna.
Before being grazed After grazing
As funding for Natural England becomes ever tighter and their time presence on our reserve becomes more restricted, the support of volunteers to enact the maintenance plans and perform surveys becomes even more important. If you are not a member and would like to join “the Friends” then please do contact us or if you want to know more about the work of the Peterborough Conservation Volunteers and even join them in their work on various local nature reserves then please visit their website at www.p-c-v.co.uk .
Also if you are able to help with maintenance tasks on the reserve please do get in touch with us.
Whilst there are a few cold months to pass before we can all enjoy the benefits of this work a big thank you to the team from PCV for their efforts which make a significant difference and also to the sheep for their hard work!