Today saw the first volunteer working party down at Beckhithe Hethersett’s premier County wildlife site. There was a great turnout and after a quick guided tour of the highlights the teams got down to work strimming cutting and fencing. Anne Edwards was on hand to point out the rare and the interesting flora including:
Also there were a huge number of common spotted orchid also greater birdsfoot trefoil, meadow vetchling and woundwort which we learnt the medicinal value of and a host of others. There was of course plenty of bramble but a bit less by the time we finished.
The willow by the pond also got a bit of a trim as it and some of the other new trees have started to overwelm the water. The pond is used regularly by the local roe deer to drink as well as by the occasional wandering fox.
There were a few birds about to give some interest including the summer migrant whitethroat as well singing yellowhammer and linnet both doing well after the winterseed crops put down for them last winter by, the owners of Beckhithe, Great Melton Farms.
The young volunteers also helped by designing some posters catching some bugs and doing a lot of enjoying nature. Here is their top predator catch of the day.
Rather than leave the post with an eight legged beast, when the sun came out it brought out the butterflies and moths including ringlets, meadow browns and a few of these drying out their freshly emerged wings.
Overall a very successful day for the nature and hopefully the volunteers. If you want to get involved keep tabs on the @wildhethersett twitter feed anduse the contact page on this site.