Last Summer! - June 14th Orchids and Charcoal!
For our joint walk with Herefordshire Nature Trust, David Leat has kindly offered to take us on a gentle two hour walk to see two very different Gwent Wildlife Trust Reserves near Trellech.
We will meet at Goodrich Village Hall at 2.00 pm on Saturday 14th June and share transport. No booking is necessary.
New Grove Meadows Reserve provides an unforgettable sight in May and June when thousands of orchid spikes, set against other wildflowers, give a wonderful display of colour. From the reserve there are superb views across to the Great Skirrid and Sugar Loaf
Croes Robert Wood is managed through coppicing to provide a habitat for the dormouse. The coppiced wood is then burned on-site in kilns to produce barbeque charcoal. We will visit he site and hopefully see the kilns in action
Last summer! - July 5th Butterflies
Visit to Grafton Wood near Worcester
We have the opportunity to visit one of West Midland Butterfly Conservation’s special reserves at Grafton Wood in early July and to be given a 2 hour guided tour round the reserve by John Tilt, the Reserve Manager, tea and cakes at the village hall and a short presentation about the Butterflies for which the site is nationally important. At this time there should be plenty of interesting butterflies on the wing, including the White Admiral and the Brown Hairstreak.
Grafton Wood is just the other side of Worcester (about 45 miles away and about one hour’s drive). If you would like more details about Grafton Wood go to http://butterfly-conservation.org/302-1931/grafton-wood-worcestershire.html
West Midlands Butterfly Conservation has been working very closely with us on Coppett Hill. As well as sending down working parties to help us, they have made significant contributions, both financially and in their management time, to help the Trust manage the habitat for the Pearl Bordered Fritillary on the Hill.
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