…………take up residence in the meadow wetland area.
The meadow bursts into life!
Groundworks were undertaken to rid the site of weeds, numerous trees were planted and the land prepared for seeding.
The second harsh winter in a row saw the meadow covered in snow and hard frost for weeks on end.
The feeding station was built in the autumn of 2010 by Mike “Mikie” Rimmer, (Site Supervisor and bespoke joiner) and placed at the West corner of the meadow.
The pond liner is fitted into place in the wetland area, ready for filling and trimming to size.
Drawn up by Paul “The Wildlife” Wharton.
Essential Skills students and staff begin work on three proposed “Bug Hotels”
The finished “Bug Hotel”
Students and staff prepare the meadow for seeding and planting. Stones are gathered for laying the paths around the meadow.
Marsh Cudweed (Gnaphalium uliginosum) is found and identified during the days activities.
First flowers appear, Corn Poppies (Papaver rhoeas)
Also found on the same day, on the path behind Stoker block leading to the meadow, Liverworts (Marchantia polymorpha)
“Beetle Banks” detail images.
Completion of ground works and clearing the site
The construction of the “Beetle Banks” and forming of the Rills
Ground work commences with the excavation of the pond in the wetland area, kindly undertaken by Kier Construction