The contractor has now finished work on the main car park which is now re-opened. As well as levelling the car park and adding a soak away to improve drainage the access path to the reserve has been improved. The path is now smoother, wider and has a more even gradient making it safer to access and exit the reserve. Please do still take care on this slope and the many others on the reserve. The subtle hint to the risks of visiting the reserve is in the name!
Also note that livestock will soon be present again for the autumn and winter grazing regime. Please look out for the notices and signs and take particular care when walking your dog(s) to keep them under close control at all times.
The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 60,000 people took part in 2017, submitting 62,500 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK
It continues until the end of August and what better place to conduct your own 15 minute survey than on Barnack Hills and Holes.
Full details and survey submission form on https://www.bigbutterflycount.org/about
Whilst the Pasque Flowers and Cowslips are coming to an end and the Early Purple Orchid display is peaking, it is still not too late to enjoy them and you will not be the only ones. As illustrated in the photo kindly provided by Anna R. the insects are now busy on the reserve this also includes Green Hairstreak butterflies.
The first Man Orchid spike has been reported so the succession of plants and flowers to see continues and this activity will continue to build over the coming months.The number of Mistle thrushes seen and heard on the reserve this season seem particularly high and the summer warblers are in good voice and backed by Skylarks singing above the fields to the west of the reserve boundary.
Hopefully we will see the return of the sunshine in the next few days to add to the pleasure of a walk round this very special place.
As always we ask that you take care on the reserve and if you bring a four legged friend you keep it under control and clear up after them using the bags and bins provided.
Natural England have been in touch with the police regarding the number of break ins to cars in the main car park so please do take care not to leave any valuables on display when leaving your car.