Sunday, 30 April 2017

Monitoring in April

April has been a busy month for our volunteers! Many of our monitoring projects have started this month, some of our projects are long standing (dormouse box checks has been running for 17 years) and some are brand new for this year (bat survey). There is something going on throughout the year but the monitoring season really kicks off this month because everything is starting to emerge, nesting, breeding, flowering and/or seeding. Surveys like the butterfly transects and small mammal trapping started last year so we are hoping the repeated surveys this year will come up with some interesting data trends. The data collected from these surveys helps us to identify range, condition and population health of our wildlife and habitats which inputs into our future property management.
Not all of these projects would be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers – thank you all. We welcome more volunteer assistance with some of these projects, if you are interested in finding out more contact Kate at:
kate.price@nationaltrust.org.uk


Friday, 21 April 2017

Our Spring events

We had a great turnout and great weather for our wild garlic walk yesterday! We strolled through the woods taking in the fragrant smell of wild garlic and spotting spring flowers before popping out onto the crest and into the sunshine where speckled wood butterflies were basking. Then everyone tasted some of our very own garlic pesto and took an 'all things garlic' recipe sheet home. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!


On the 13th April we had a great day den building, lots of families joined us and made some really impressive dens, flags and crowns. The Presthope area is full of little tepees now and with the wild flowers out it looks truly magical.


 On the 20th April we ran our wild woods adventure trail event at Presthope. Children came and followed the clues on our trail to answer questions all about Wenlock Edge. There are some very clever children out there who got lots of answers right and all walked away with a prize at the end. There were lots of birds to see from the bird hide including the nuthatch and a great spotted woodpecker but children also saw a little bank vole happily tucking into seed that had fallen to the ground. We had a great day and we hope everyone who came had a great time too!