Today I led a task on a local patch of green space on the corner of Fir Drive, Blackwater. Despite the sites small size there was lots to do in this autumn clean up. Tasks included cutting overhanging branches, creating habitat piles, trimming back holly and scrub invading the path, removing the invasive non-native laurel and blowing the path.
The site includes several different species of broadleaved trees, including a very old oak. It also has a understory valuable for wildlife. The holly berries provide food for birds and the ivy provides much needed hibernation spots for butterflies and other insects over the winter. Whilst there I spotted the iconic toadstool fungi, Amanita muscaria.
Assistant Ranger Jenny