Monthly Archives: May 2017

Salad burnet Seedlings 700

Our meadow establishment trial has no steps forward – and one back

I expect that you’ve all been getting stressed, waiting for a progress update on the meadow establishment trial that we started running last Autumn.  I had expected to be faced with the challenge of finding an interesting way to write around ‘not a lot’, but in actuality I do have something to report.  Unfortunately, however, it concerns ‘progress’ in a backwards direction. Continue reading

2017 dawn chorus walking 700

Were there more people than birds at the 2017 Hillhouse Wood Dawn chorus walk?

It can’t be often that Hall Road is the busiest place in West Bergholt.  But at 03.40 on Sunday 7 May I would be fairly confident that this was the case, as seemingly floods of cars arrived for this year’s Dawn Chorus walk.  That is certainly what it felt like!

And so 24 of us assembled in the pitch dark, with most of us wondering quite what they had let themselves in for, and me wondering why on earth I volunteered to get up at such an appalling time each year. Continue reading