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Man Orchid Count – Saturday 24th May

 Man Orchid Count – Saturday 24th May 

A hardy group of 14 friends surveyed the south-west compartment for man orchids on a very wet Saturday morning. Completing three traverses of this area of the reserve spread out in a line we managed to count and record the location of 161 man orchid flowering spikes. A significant increase in numbers on surveys in recent years but still significantly less than the peak recorded in the 1980’s. The survey only covered one sector of the reserve and casual walks along the main paths in the north west compartment can also find man orchids in flower.  The previous post shows what we were looking for and the orchids are still flowering and can be seen on the reserve with a little care and time to hunt out the green/brown spikes from the green/brown vegetation! If the sunshines it is an added benefit as the butterflies will also be out, they were notably far more sensible than us and avoided a soaking!

Now you see it

Now you see it...
Now you see it…

NOW YOU DON'T !
NOW YOU DON’T !

Enjoyed a day out with the Peterborough Conservation Volunteers on Sunday 13th April.They work on various local nature conservation  projects. At first sight removing new growth of Silver Birch, Hawthorn and other new bushes and trees may seem more like destruction than conservation.Unfortunately, if these bushes and trees were left undisturbed,they would grow to cover too much of the Hills and Holes and the flowers which currently carpet the open area would decline. In the  Hills and Holes  it is the open limestone landscape that is being conserved so that its particular habitat can continue to support its rich population of plants and wildlife . The weather was fortunately dry and mild. The outdoor work was enjoyable and fellow workers seemed to have plenty of information to pass on about findings on the reserve as work progressed. Due to the need not to disturb birds and other wildlife during the spring and early summer months it seems that they will not be further working parties like it  until late summer but I shall be awaiting their future programme  with interest.

Open Day 21April

 

FBHH logo final greenThe Friends of Barnack Hills and Holes (FBHH) are to hold an Open Day based at the Millstone in Barnack. This will give all visitors a chance to meet the steering committee and learn more about the plans for the nature reserve.

More details to follow but there will be an information display, photographic exhibition, Easter egg hunt, raffle etc and the opportunity to sign up to become a Founder Member of FBHH

We hope to see you there.