Thursday 20th October: Installation of chalkboard for species recording.
Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th October: Clearance of area inside the gate again for seeding.
Friday 23rd September evening and Saturday 24th morning, repeated on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th Bank Holiday: Trapping and releasing small mammals. Investigating which small mammals live in the Wildlife Conservation Area. We have put out mammal traps at this time of year for the past two years. Last year we caught only voles. The previous year we caught only mice.We set out the traps as late as we can, then empty them the next morning. “Hotels” are created with dry bedding and food to make sure the animals do not die in the traps. We then set the traps on runs in the grass. There has never been a fatality yet. We can do this on successive nights in different areas within the CA. This time, On Friday we caught a wood mouse. On Sunday we were more successful and caught three wood mice.
Saturday 10th September: Oliver’s Battery Fête. We had a stall with the theme ‘hidden neighbours’.
Monday 29th August: Another Moth Evening at the Wildlife Conservation Area with Tim Walker, at short notice. Nineteen species of moth were identified.
Sunday 28th August: Haymaking and Picnic at the Wildlife Conservation Area.
Among those who joined us was County Councillor Charlotte Bailey. We began by raking up the grass from the meadow which had been cut a few days before, using three special hay rakes. We saw a few butterflies as well as the nuts, fruits and berries which are doing very well this year. We finished with a picnic.
Tuesday 2nd August: Strimming at the Wildlife Conservation Area. Some paths were cut.
Saturday 30th July: Butterfly walk to Yew Hill, jointly with Butterfly Conservation. Quite an impressive count of butterflies seen – 21 species. Some members returned the next day to see Chalkhill Blues, Small Heaths, Gatekeepers, Marbled Whites etc, and also Common Blues, Commas and Red Admirals at the Wildlife Conservation Area.
Wednesday 27th July: Night walk for bats and glow worms, Shawford.
Some of us gathered for a pre-meeting drink in the Bridge. We then made our way to the bridge for 9pm. Quite a successful look for bats along the River Itchen. We then walked to the south and up to the Down, but were not successful looking for glow worms.
Saturday 11th June: Moth evening at the Wildlife Conservation Area. Tim Walker brought a generator to run his moth trap. A very good turnout, and quite a few species seen despite the fairly cool evening. We finished slightly early due to a lamp failure.
Monday 6th June: Strimming at the Wildlife Conservation Area. We cut most of the long grass below the path.
Friday 27th May: Wild flower seeding of the cleared area at the Wildlife Conservation Area, just inside the gate from the Rec.
Monday 16th, Wednesday 18th and Wednesday 25th May: Work parties at the Wildlife Conservation Area. Digging up long grass by the gate, ready for seeding.
Sunday 15th May: Work party at the Wildlife Conservation Area. Digging out brambles.
Monday 9th May: AGM at the Wildlife Conservation Area. 2011 Minutes (pdf)
Friday April 22nd (Good Friday, and Earth Day): Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants – A talk about edible and medicinal plants at the Wildlife Conservation Area.