Saturday, 28 June 2014

My Final Post

After ten years of working at Wenlock Edge and four years of updating this blog the time has come for me to move on to another National Trust property as I have been offered a great role at Lyme Park.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here in the Shropshire hills, working on a wide range of conservation projects and events with wonderful colleagues. Wenlock Edge and the surrounding countryside has been an absolute pleasure to work in and being involved in conserving this special place has been an amazing experience. I have learned a lot and worked with some fantastic people both staff and volunteers and made some great friends, as a family we have also been welcomed into the local community so it is with some sadness that we are moving away.

My new role is at Lyme Park on the edge of the Peak District and it is a very exciting opportunity at a really interesting property with habitats that include, open moorland, medieval deer park, woodland and formal gardens.

Hopefully the blog will continue and maybe with a new author improve and evolve. I am going to sign off simply by adding some photos from the last four years.



Thanks for reading

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Well done sheep!

Yesterday whilst checking the sheep in the car park on the edge of Much Wenlock I had a proper look at the state of the grassland. This was to see if the work we did to fence it off and graze it is working to improve its condition.

I knew that it ought to have made an improvement and I know that there are fewer nettles and hogweed but I was still stunned as to how well the wildflowers have responded.
There are lots of Pyramidal Orchids in areas where I have not seen them before, there is also Yellow Wort, Yellow Rattle, Fairy Flax and Ladies Bedstraw. There were also plenty of butterflies and bees enjoying the flowers and I am sure many moths at night feeding on the nectar.
Unfortunately there is no public access at the moment due to the sheep still being in the field, they will be removed for a short time though and the gate will be left open to allow public access. In future years we hope to be able to open the gate for most of the flowering season but whilst the sheep are still bringing the more dominant plants under control a longer grazing period is required.
So, well done sheep and keep up the good work!