On the 1st of July, the scouts and I set out to remove oak saplings from the meadow. If left, these saplings will become fully grown trees and take over the site. This causes a loss in meadowland and a loss in ecological diversity. The area is home to some beautiful wildlife such as this Small Skipper (right) whom we may no longer see if the site was left to become one large woodland.
A fantastic day was had by all and the scouts were incredibly diligent in every aspect of the work. We had great fun not only completing the task but taking in our surroundings and identifying other aspects of the local flora and fauna. The scouts and I were also lucky enough to come across some beautiful Great Burnet (left) nestled within the grass. A member of the rose family, Great Burnet is a rare flower that thrives in Blackwater Meadow because of the management techniques that we employ.
Thank you to the scouts and their leader, it was great fun to work with you and the help is greatly appreciated. All in all, a great day to be scout and about!
Acting Ranger Jenny