Hedgelaying this Saturday 4th February, please contact Andy Ingham or “contact us” if you would like to join in, places are limited and you will need decent work boots.
We found the UK Bap species Tubular Water Dropwort on the last botany walk. This is exciting because it was last found 30 years ago. It can’t cope with competition so the mowing and baling last year may well have helped seedlings from the seedbank thrive. The last botany walk is 9th August 2016, this Tuesday, meet at 7pm at the white gates, to see what rarities we may find.
Awful weather last Thursday delayed the annual Balsam Bash. It’s rescheduled for tonight Tuesday 5th July 2016, the forecast is fair so please come along, more hands make less work. Meet Bottoms Lane at 7pm, old clothes, gloves and stamina all useful.
Come along to The Friends of the Meadows Balsam Bash 7pm, Thursday 30 June 2016. Meet Bottoms Lane, bring gloves and suitably scruffy clothes, midge repellant if you need it. All welcome!
Beetle Survey Results. Our Beetle expert found 72 species including 2 notable B species. He was impressed and it shows current management of Chester Meadows is encouraging biodiversity.
Our Cheshire Beetle expert was down on the Meadows on Saturday 30 April 2016. We will report any rarities. He says the site will warrant several more visits, so expect to see someone with a leaf blower and pooter again.
We now have a facebook page, do “like” us and invite your friends too www.facebook.com/friendsofthemeadows
The Cranefly and Bell Ringing
The Skylark and Ditch dipping.
Moths, Ron Ironmonger’s last article.
Newsletter 192 The Mole
Newsletter 191 Honeysuckle; Obituary of Tim Finch.
Newsletter 190 The Cuckoo
Newsletter 189 Tardigrades
This newsletter includes an article by Ron Iremonger on Mistletoe, Horses on the meadows, Andy’s Meadows Log and Chester Water Sports Centre plans.
The autumn edition contains a fascinating article by Ron Iremonger on the life cycle of European eel and suggests possible explanations for the drastic reduction in numbers over the last 60 years. In his Meadows Log Andy Inham notes that early season butterfly numbers were hugely affected by the prolonged rain, but numbers started to pick up in August with 5 different species observed on the Meadows and Holly Blues in the Bottoms Lane hedgerow. In mid September at least 100 house martins were seen feeding over the Meadows with 6 swallows. The Newsletter also contains a report on the Green Space Strategic Review meeting which was attended by FoM members and other Friends groups.