The WoodChips were engaged on three different tasks today: path edge clearance in Banstead Wood, the butterfly transect and new planting at the lagoon.
This planting is intended to add to the areas that interest the Small Blue butterfly, including the patches on Barn and Hither Field and a small colony in the 'Interpretation Area' next to Holly Lane car park. The lagoon one will become our largest patch so far. 40 Kidney Vetch plants were chiselled into one of the steep, bare slopes* of the lagoon, to join the single clump of Vetch currently flowering there. The plants, carefully cosseted in compost at home, are now coping with an arid environment of mostly stony chalk, but tomorrow's forecast rain should help them settle in.
As you can see from the pic on the right, the lagoon edges are getting greener, and the wildlife also continues to increase. Today, Red and Blue Damselflies in mating pairs were joined by what looked like a Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly, investigating the pond edges. But only the Yellow Flag Iris stayed still enough for a photo.
Post and pics by Graham K. Click on photos to enlarge.
A variety of plants are beginning to colonise the lagoon edges.
*Safety note: recommended kit for this kind of terrain should include abseiling ropes, ice pick, crampons and a life jacket. Sadly, this equipment is not yet available for volunteers. Did have a trowel and a waterproof, though.
Some of the 40 Kidney Vetch now planted at the lagoon.
We are a self-funded group of volunteers looking after our local countryside in Banstead Wood and Chipstead Valley. We extend a warm welcome to those who would like to help maintain this important green space for the benefit of everyone. Here you will find details of WoodChips weekly tasks and activities. Check back soon to see what we're up to!