News archive: July 2000

Narroways Millennium Green Trust meetings are held once a month in the St Werburghs area -The next meeting is at 8.00 p.m. on Thursday 17th August 2000 at The Old Fox pub in Baptist Mills. All are welcome.

Wildlife Observations

– Lots of sightings of bats in the past month. We assume they are probably Pipistrelles but there may be other species which we still have to establish. The numbers of bats seen have increased through July with as many as 16 seen on 18th July over back gardens of St Werburghs Park, over the church field, by the new barn site and over the Severn Beach railway cutting. Earliest bat seen was at 9.15 p.m. with a peak of activity around 10.00p.m. but still some activity at 10.30. There have also been some Swifts flying amongst them . Plenty of Slow Worm sightings – usually on allotments around Narroways. There was a Blackcap in the Church Field on 23rd June. A dead Hedgehog was seen on James St. There are many butterflies about – Marbled Whites especially on the flowering Greater Knapweeds in the cutting but also Meadow Browns, Speckled Wood and others. A Hummingbird Hawk Moth was seen in the backgarden of a house by the tunnel. A Green Woodpecker was seen near the Boiling Wells Lane and a pair of Moorhens on the stream there.

Strimming on Narroways Hill

We had our Summer haycutting on 22nd and 23rd July. It went really well, organised by Naomi. About 20 or 30 people turned up and joined in the cutting with shears, billhooks and strimmers and raking the grass into piles. We started at 11.00 on Saturday morning and worked through to 6.00 p.m. Then there was a fine little celebration on site with food and drink (organised by Lhojtzaa, Steve, Lynn and Naomi) in the evening sunshine. We achieved a tremendous amount – doing half the cutting and half of the hill. What it means is next year and in future years the ranker vegetation will be replaced by a wider variety of meadow flowers supporting more butterflies and other insects as well as other wildlife. Thanks to all the volunteers.

Cutting grass on the steep embankment slopes

Time for a trim !

Continued thanks to Sweet, Hemmings, The Millennium Commission and The Countryside Agency for funding for site improvements.

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