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Winter Work

By Bob Llewellin Hamble Conservation Volunteers

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

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Although there would appear to be some way to go with Covid 19 we are largely back to normal with our seasonal activities. With wildlife activity at its lowest in the winter months we get the opportunity to carry out tasks with little risk of disruption to breeding cycles. Bird boxes are checked and cleaned so that they are ready for nest building and laying in the spring. It is very encouraging that so far there is strong evidence that virtually every one of our 50 or so bird boxes has been used by a variety of bird types. We have also been able to assist Eastleigh Borough Council with maintenance of Hamble Common. The Council has designated the meadow, which is just south of Heather Gardens, as semi-improved grassland. By grazing it and not adding fertilisers the nutrient content of the soil has been lowered enabling a greater diversity of wildflowers to flourish. Also it is necessary to reduce competition from scrub such as gorse, bramble and certain types of sapling. This is where we come in. Mechanised mowers and trimmers are far too indiscriminate so we remove unwanted growth with hand tools. It is hard work but rewarding and it is certainly a case of the more the merrier so if you can spare the time to join us you will be made very welcome.

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Philip Rawlinson

  • 07810453138
  • 07906829380

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