Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Friday, 1 July 2011

Late Spring 2011

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In_bloom_6 In_bloom_3 The meadow bursts into life!

Early Spring 2011

Groundworks were undertaken to rid the site of weeds, numerous trees were planted and  the land prepared for seeding.

Winter 2010

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The second harsh winter in a row saw the meadow covered in snow and hard frost for weeks on end.

Autumn 2010

Feeding station

The feeding station was built in the autumn of 2010 by Mike “Mikie” Rimmer, (Site Supervisor and bespoke joiner) and placed at the West corner of the meadow.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Fitting the pond liner 23/09/10

The pond liner is fitted into place in the wetland area, ready for filling and trimming to size.


Monday, 12 July 2010

Thursday, 8 July 2010

“Bug Hotels”… 07/07/10

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Essential Skills students and staff begin work on three proposed “Bug Hotels”

Bug_Gotel_FinThe finished “Bug Hotel”

Students and staff prepare... 06/07/10

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Students and staff prepare the meadow for seeding and planting. Stones are gathered for laying the paths around the meadow.

Marsh Cudweed (Gnaphalium uliginosum) is found and identified during the days activities.


Wednesday, 7 July 2010

First flowers 30/06/10

First_flower First flowers

First flowers appear, Corn Poppies (Papaver rhoeas)

Also found on the same day, on the path behind Stoker block leading to the meadow, Liverworts (Marchantia polymorpha)

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Ground works detail

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“Beetle Banks” detail images.


Pond/wetland detail.


Rills detail.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Third day 02/06/10


Completion of ground works and clearing the site

Second day 01/06/10


The construction of the “Beetle Banks” and forming of the Rills

Ground works commence 29/05/10


Ground work commences with the excavation of the pond in the wetland area, kindly undertaken by Kier Construction