It’s great to see that so many people are enjoying using Narroways for some breathing space, relaxation and watching the flora and fauna of Spring tentatively emerge. The Covid-19 pandemic is creating a lot of collective anxiety but also giving birth to a renewed sense of community and mutual support, of which spending sometime up on the site with our neighbours (at an appropriate distance) plays a small part.
As we are no longer able to run volunteer days while social distancing is in place, we’d like to ask those of you that visit Narroways to consider helping out a little to keep the place in good health and encourage others to do so. There are always scraps of litter and, for those of you with stronger stomachs, bags of dog poo, to clear up, so if you feel like bringing a bag and a pair of gloves next time you come up you’d not only warm our cockles but also might inspire someone else to do the same.
We are always eager to hear peoples views about Narroways and welcome ideas for ways we can enhance the site for wildlife and people that visit. Do get in touch.
Wishing you peace and health in these unsettling times
The Narroways Trustees
it’s our volunteer workday next Saturday 10 August.
Meet as usual at 10:30 am by the bench at the top of Narroways hill.
It’s time for the annual hay-cut!
Useful things to bring, if you have them: strimmers, rakes, plus cutting tools such as secateurs or loppers. Some spare tools (secateurs, shears, loppers etc.) and gloves will also be available – but please bring your own if you can.
Please also note the dates of our remaining volunteer workdays :
Sunday 7 September,
Saturday 5 October,
Saturday 9 November,
Saturday 7 December.
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Just to let you know that Narroways will be closed for 24 hours from 9am Saturday through to Sunday morning. This is to prevent large numbers of people causing damage to the nature reserve on Saturday night after the city farm fair as has sadly happened at times in the past. Sorry for any regular users that are inconvenienced and thanks for your understanding.
Absolutely fantastic turn out this morning and we got so much done. Thanks so much everyone! There were a dozen or so people all ages ready to help make Narroways even better for wildlife.
Six new nest boxes were put up, mostly in Guy’s Wood. They might not be occupied this year but will be homes for blue tits, coal tits and maybe wrens.
We are getting overwhelmed with bags of dog poo! Volunteers cleared OVER 300 BAGS! We ask all dog walkers to please remove filled dog poo bags and put them in the provided bins by Ashley Hill railway bridge or opposite the climbing centre on Mina Road.
Some more work was done on the hedge on Narroways Hill to open up views and strengthen the hedge and make it good for wildlife.
We had the treat of some buns from Guy’s mum, with tea and coffee after all that thirsty work.
Next volunteer day is in May.
Here are the minutes of our meeting on 17 September 2018.
Narroways Trust meeting 17-09-18
Here are the minutes of our meeting on 6 August 2018.
Narroways Trust Meeting 06-08-18
A good, productive volunteer day on the hill today, 7 July. We started an hour earlier than usual to try to avoid the heat (that didn’t really work!) and spent a couple of hours clearing the invasive everlasting pea, and collecting several bags of rubbish, including a garage door and a duvet. We also found this:
A good day for wildlife too – a plethora of marbled white butterflies, and the usual sightings of speckled woods, meadow browns and commas. Also saw a hummingbird hawk moth on the top of the hill (no photo, they move too fast!)
Thanks to everyone who came, and especially to Jon for organising the day. Job well done!
Here are the minutes of our meeting on 2 July 2018.
Narroways Trust Meeting 02-07-18