Working to protect and enhance the Lickey Hills and their environs
The Lickey Hills Society (via Ranger Penny) have come to the rescue of our woodland folk. The recent weather has caused them to fall behind with current building work. They asked if we could help them out by funding the purchase of some new doors. We were only too happy to help and ordered the doors in the photo. Our resident handyman Pete then did a little work on each one to help them stand up to the Lickey Hills weather. Needless to say the fairies are delighted and can't wait to install them.
At long last the duck houses are now back where they should be. Thanks to Ranger Dave and his kayak they were relaunched on 27th June. Dave was ably supported by Mike, Pete and Jill from the the Lickey Hills Society. Our thanks go to everyone involved.
The pink flowers of the Himalayan Balsam may look pretty but this non-native invasive plant grows and spreads rapidly as it can project its seeds up to 4 metres. The plant quickly alters the ecological balance of the area it occupies.
The plant needs removing before it sets seed and its eradication is possible. Large parts of the Community Orchard were covered but after several years of clearing, it is now free of the plant. However, there are many areas of the Country Park where the plant presents an on-going problem.
Himalayan balsam is shallow rooting and is easy to remove.
The LHS is organising two clearance sessions and it would be great if you could help out on one or both occasions. There is normally a relatively small group helping the Rangers with this task and so any support that you can give is greatly appreciated.
The sessions will finish at about midday. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. No special equipment is required. We look forward to seeing you on Saturdays 18 June and 2 July.
Meet at 10.00am at the Visitor Centre in Warren Lane
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