Conservation task news
As many of you already know, all of Ludwell Valley Park's public fields will be transferred to the management of Devon Wildlife Trust from sometime this year, probably early summer. In the meantime, we hope to run a further series of conservation tasks and events, (starting with the hedge laying session -see above), in partnership with Exeter City Council. These are still at the planning stage as we have to be certain that Ludwell Life can provide a lead from for each task. If you are interested in being a possible conservation task lead (that just means guaranteeing you will turn up on the day, be nice to people who turn up to make them feel comfortable and be the person people phone on the day if they are lost etc), then do please get in touch at LudwellLife@gmail.com. The more reliable volunteers we have, the more we can get done. We will provide more information about these tasks once we have a lead for each one.
At each task so far, we have attracted a few more people than the one before, so let's see if in 2017, we can build a really solid 'Ludwell Life Crew' - a conservation volunteer task force to be proud of and that will be a really valuable aid to Devon Wildlife Trust's ambitions to increase the wildlife in Ludwell Valley. We are shortly going to apply for a grant to cover buying equipment to help with our tasks, so keep fingers crossed!
However, for now, here are some further tasks that we are hopeful will go ahead....We will keep you updated via this newsletter, our Facebook page, website and Twitter.
29th January : hedge laying. (Max 10 people who can definitely commit)
26th February:Scrub clearance on some of our flower-rich meadows.
26th March : Footpath maintenance – improving some of our more muddy footpaths.
Early or mid April : Himalayan Balsam removal from Panny
30th April :Installing new kissing-gate to replace old one.
Early May : Himalayan Balsam removal from Panny
21st May, Sun Monitoring of our spring birds.
25th June, Sunday Cutting back overgrown footpaths / litter picking of footpaths.