On Tuesday our gaggle of keen volunteers hay-cut meadows along Covebrook by Blunden Hall. Volunteers from Cove Brook Greenway Group and Blackwater Valley, joined forces to improve the meadows. They used a motorscythe machine to cut the hay which was then raked off. This removes the dead thatch of fallen grass on top, that would otherwise slow the growth of wildflowers. Also removing the hay, reduces the nutrients returning to the soil slowing the growth of grasses, so the wildflowers have less competition. It was a fun day in the drizzle, unearthing a bumble bee nest and a pretty pink and grey elephant hawk moth!