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Bush Cricket Hunt 2017
Written by Felicity Jackson   
Sep 14, 2017 at 03:41 PM

On August 20, 2017, 16 of us met, as has become usual, outside the South Avenue entrance to the Reserve. We were lucky that the weather was dry and reasonably warm.

Bush cricket expert Jon Delf, from Shropshire, brought along a laptop and showed us some interesting information and illustrations of British bush cricket species, together with their songs - inaudible to me, but I managed to enhance these using a bat detector.

Again we were fortunate to have an impressive array of experts to assist us; as well as Jon, Professor Karim Vahed from Derby University, Steve Plant and Bill Grange.

Our first Minibeast Hunt
Written by Hans Rieder   
Aug 12, 2017 at 01:22 PM







The first mini beast hunt was held on the Nature Reserve on Sunday 21 May 2017, lead by Beverley Rhodes, local naturalist and wildlife expert.

Balsam Bashes
Written by Peter Hill   
Jun 10, 2017 at 04:57 PM

Please come and help pull up some Himalayan Balsam in the Reserve from 10am to 12 noon on

Thursday, June 15

Saturday,  June 17

Saturday, June 24

Meet at the upper South Avenue entrance opposite Leafenden Close.

We will be concentrating on the area from the entrance to the wooden bridge, then the area between the bridge and the first kissing gate and then the bluebell slope.

Please wear long sleeves, long trousers and gloves as protection against stinging nettles and blackberry thorns. If you can only come later than 10am then please come and find us in the areas described. 

Your help on any of these days will be greatly appreciated.


 Peter Hill



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