On Tuesday 5th of September, our volunteers joined Bobbie and I at Kennels Lane Meadow for a spot of maintenance work. The aim of the day was to enhance the grassland habitat on the site.
The Tasks for the Day
Sections of birch, as well as some willow saplings, were removed due to encroachment. The area was also in need of a hay cut. Tony, Chris, and Mike were a fantastic help using the pedestrian mower to cut the grass. Once cut, it was then raked and dragged into hidden piles. These grass piles become fabulous little nests for wildlife on the site. Check out the images below for some before and after shots.
The Biodiversity of Kennels Lane Meadow
When Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership first inherited the site some 20 odd years ago, it was dominated by scrub with a few patches of grassland. Since then, we here at the partnership along with our hard-working volunteers, have done well to increase the size of this little meadow along with its biodiversity.
Wildflowers thrive in nutrient poor soil. By hay cutting the site, we are able to remove the nutrients provided by grass. This, in turn, encourages the growth of wildflowers as opposed to the usually dominant grasses and scrub.
Abundant on site are butterflies and frogs. On the day, we were also lucky enough to spot a juvenile Common Toad as well as a male adult Common Lizard! Tricky little things to see, let alone photograph!
If you are interested in the bigger picture regarding our works at Kennels Lane Meadow, please check out this previous article with imagery from back in 2011.
Once again, thank you to everyone who came out to help with the task. Your work is greatly appreciated.
Acting Ranger Jenny