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A few pictures

Ray's picture of the Holt taken in 1968 - note the railway.

2 Balmey Blokes Birdwatching on a Bench

Funny looking Barn Owl


The Moat area
S Leics Birdwatchers
L&R Bat Group
Glen Parva P.C

Woodland Trust
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Stanford Ringing Group

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Mar 8th Volunteers day
Mar 12th Special LNR Meeting
Apr 11th LNR Meeting
Apr 12th Volunteers day
May 10th Volunteers day
Jun 14th Volunteers day

VOLUNTEERS urgently required for our Nature Reserve
please contact me, John F, if you are interested glenparvanr at

Map of the Nature Reserve

This is useful for showing where volunteers will be working

11th April 2015 - Frogs (& Toads) Video on YouTube

Reserve Pictures

Snakes Head Fritillary - Fritillaria meleagris

I think the bulbs were supplied by Stepping Stones autumn 2012 which we planted in pots. We transferred them into the Holt in March 2013, this picture was taken on the 2nd April 2014.
They can/could be seen near the Glen Rise entrance on either side of the path.
More have been planted during 2015 in the top field near the two bench.
Best place to see this flower is Cricklade North Meadow 110 acres of ancient, uncultivated hay meadow, rich in wild flowers, which is in the care of English Nature. Lying on the flood plain between the River Thames and River Churn North Meadow can often be flooded during the winter months.

Noctule Bat - Nyctalus noctula

The Noctule is one of the UK's largest bats and often emerges early in the evening, before sunset. It may fly high and fast over open habitats making steep dives to chase its prey.
Picture taken by our Wildlife Officer Jools.


The Holt in autumn
This is the house that we built - lucky old owls
Our sad looking pond
TCV - Pond Maintenance Course
Oct 2016 organised by
Stepping Stones
The finished results

Alison's Acre very impressive bee and bug house
Another sad looking pond at The Moat we really could do with a litle rain
A view in Alison's Acre
Our hedge laying project June 2017

Plant plugs and bulbs - 8th October 2015

Ajuga reptans - Bugle
Allium Ursinum - Ramsons (smells of Garlic) - Central Way
Anemone nemorosa - Wood Anemone
Fritillaria meleagris - Snakes Head Fritillary
Galium Odoratum - Sweet Woodruff
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Books worth reading

The first two are published by The Conservation Volunteers and are excellent - available from Jo.

> Woodlands - a practical handbook
> Tree planting and aftercare
> Footpaths
> Hand tools
> Conservation volunteering
> Generic Risk Assessment
> Health & Safety Overview

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At the recent meeting of the LNR group held on 26th March 2014, it was noted that the Parish Council’s Insurers were happy for Council volunteers to use their own tools as well as the Parish Council tools which could be either hand tools or small power tools, subject to the necessary training and health and safety/risk assessments being undertaken and that the operative of the tool was competent to use the them.
Please let Jo know if you require any protective clothing or equipment to use with the tools. I am sure you will appreciate the need for the Parish Council to safeguard the protection and safety of the Council volunteers as well as the public too.

A list of tools for volunteers to use:-
2 Bill Hooks --- 1 Bow Saw -- 1 Scythe -- 2 Long-loppers -- 2 Wheelbarrows
4 Forks -- 6 Spades -- 1 Rake -- 2 Leaf-rakes -- Shredder

Ash Dieback

What is Chalara?
Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus which was previously called Chalara fraxinea, now known as Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and is usually fatal.
A few useful links:-

PDF of Ash Dieback

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Wildflower Project

Sam Village managed to get us four packs of 'Grow Wild Flowers to the People' from Kew Gardens. Each pack contains four seed sachets with thirteen different species. Information about these packs can be seen if you click here.
The two areas chosen are on the Central Way between Parsons Drive and Needham Avenue.

GOOD NEWS - November 16th bulbs planted and the seeds have sprouted - looking good.

Area two - just before the bench

Major area - bramble needs removing

Removing the Bramble

Even though it's suffered the drought period this is how it looks
on June 8th 2017.
Corn Poppy, Corncockle, Cornflower and Corn Chomomile just
beginning to burst into flower.

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Long Term Planning

October 2020 Check Holt Acre area to see if coppicing is required.
Look at Ash in Map C-04 01 area because James Poynton thinks the trunks will be about 100mm diameter ideal for a rough furniture making course after coppicing.
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My Favourite Insect Pictures

Bee Fly - Bombylius major
Picture taken in my garden - what a poser.
A furry bee-like fly with long legs and proboscis and a body the size of a small bumble bee. I found it on my purple sprouting broccoli, never seen one before. The larvae are parasitic on other insects especially solitary bees and wasps. Eggs are laid near the nest and the young larva make their way into the nest where they attack both the food store and the the young bee or wasp. LOVELY
Swallowtail - Papilio machaon
Picture taken at How Hill reserve in Norfolk, June 2016.
Swallowtail butterflies are large, colorful butterflies that form the family Papilionidae. Swallowtails differ from all other butterflies in a number of anatomical traits. Most notably, their caterpillars possess a unique organ behind their heads, called the osmeterium. Normally hidden, this forked structure can be everted when the caterpillar is threatened, and emits smelly secretions containing terpenes. The adults are often tailed like the forked tail of some swallows, giving the insect its name.


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Kids Corner

Wildlife Watch things to do
Games and Downloads

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