Sunday, 25 October 2015

Last weekend: Green Edge event and SSNTV day

Last Saturday we were invited to the Green Edge event at Much Wenlock Primary School, where we had a brilliant time informing visitors about how important it is to look after our local wildlife, in particular birds, and especially at this time of year when the cold weather is moving in.

We had a display of information leaflets and various wildlife exhibits to look at and touch, for example fallow deer skulls, fungi, dormouse nibbled nuts, a dormouse nest and much more! But the most enjoyable part was making lots of messy pine cone bird feeders for people to take home!

We had an interactive table where we were making the bird seed feeders, being aware to be green by using materials that were natural and could be re-used. The feeders were made by attaching string to the top of the pine cones as a hanger and then creating a fatty seed ball by covering the pine cone in lard and rolling it around in bird seed. This table was very popular and seemed to go down well with the kids! It was also a great way for Wenlock Edge to connect and engage with the community and children and inform them of why Wenlock Edge is so special.

Sticky hands!
The girls showing off their finished bird seed feeders!

Observing the fallow deer skull

Last Sunday, we were working with the Shropshire and Staffordshire National Trust Volunteers (SSNTV) who came over to Wenlock Edge to help out with a large amount of much needed coppicing. Coppicing is the ancient craft of cutting trees and shrubs to ground level and although this might at first appear destructive, it has important environmental benefits by extending the life of the tree and allowing light to reach the woodland floor. This encourages a rich diversity of flora and  fauna, and at Wenlock Edge this is particularly important in creating a beneficial environment  and food source for its dormouse population. The strong re-growth from the coppice stools also provides a renewable source of timber for many uses, including hedge-laying.

A big thank you goes to all the volunteers for their help on the day.

Everyone getting stuck in

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