Category Archives: vegetation management

New survey shows 80% of public support less grass cutting as Bexley set to spend £90K on more frequent mowing and hedge-trimming

More than 80% of the public support the idea of councils cutting grass areas less frequently to protect the nation’s bees, according to a survey by Friends of the Earth and Buglife. http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2017/04/councils-urged-save-bees-not-cutting-grass Meanwhile the Bexley Conservative administration is set … Continue reading

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Now Bexley rips out mature shrub beds

Mature shrubs in Bexley parks and verges are not just being cut back to the ground to save having to do any more trimming for a few years, but are being dug up completely. Two of the latest cases involve … Continue reading

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Lesnes Abbey Woods Conservation Volunteers – December and January events

The volunteer group that does conservation management work in Lesnes Abbey Woods has published its latest schedule of events which run up to the end of January 2017. Events are free and take place from 12 – 3.30pm. No particular skills … Continue reading

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New skincare product launched at Thames Road Wetland …..

With the migrant and year-round resident bird species having finished breeding at Thames Road Wetland, attention is turning once again to winter vegetation management, principally thinning out Reedmace, and now cutting some of the stands of Common Reed as well. … Continue reading

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Braeburn Park (LWT) to Churchfield Wood and St. Mary’s Churchyard. Some plants and insects seen on 16th August.

On a warm sunny day at London Wildlife Trust’s Braeburn Park reserve there were fair numbers of butterflies about. Holly Blues were seen across the site. Some male (mostly) and female Common Blues were on the large grassy/scrubby bund to west … Continue reading

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Out of Africa – Reed Warblers back at Thames Road Wetland

The welcome chuntering of Reed Warblers could be heard once again at Thames Road Wetland on 18th April, my first visit since March 30th. There is obviously an advantage in making the effort to come all the way back to … Continue reading

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Ruxley Gravel Pits Nature Reserve – 7th February report

It was a cold crisp morning when ten volunteers ventured into the gravel pits. They worked in two groups cutting down saplings and small trees as well as fighting their way through the inevitable bramble. Because of all the exertion an early lunch … Continue reading

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Lesnes Abbey Conservation Volunteers group announces spring programme of woodland activities

The volunteer group that does conservation management work in Lesnes Abbey Woods has published its latest schedule of events which run up to the end of May. Events are free and take place from 12 – 3.30pm. No particular skills or … Continue reading

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Thirteen turn out in snow to crack on with Ruxley nature reserve vegetation management

The first snow of the winter didn’t deter the working party of 13 people at Ruxley Gravel Pits on Sunday 17th January. It was interesting to see the footprints in the snow and the tracks across the frozen icy water where the birds … Continue reading

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Snipe, Green Woodpecker and Chiffchaff at Thames Road Wetland

Further winter management at Thames Road Wetland yesterday (January 9th) included knife-cutting Reedmace and several square metres of Common Reed from amongst rushes in the west end shallows. The purpose of this was to restore more of the open, shallow muddy foraging … Continue reading

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