Friday, 18 November 2011

Ducal work party

Rewell Wood ride

On Thursday Butterfly Conservation (Sussex) members Neil Hulme, Paul Day and myself joined members of the Murray Download Trust at Heyshott Escarpment. We continued with the creation of open corridors for the Duke of Burgundy to spread from its stronghold in the chalk pit area at the top of the down. A Trust member cut down the trees and we hauled them to the fire. It was steady but rewarding work as more slope was exposed for future colonisation by primulas, the Duke of Burgundy's food-plant. We came across some toads which were moved lower down the slope. 
Later I joined Neil at Rewell Wood for some more clearance work on one of the rides where the small Duke of Burgundy colony is found (photo above). We found some Primulas in flower which is good news for the transplant programme. 
We then finished a tiring but satisfying day with sightings of a couple of Short-eared Owls and a Marsh Harrier at the nearby nature reserve.

Heyshott Down clearance
Heyshott work party
tiny toad

Bracket fungus
Primula at Rewell Wood
Rook and Short-eared Owl

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