I am not normally one to dither and hesitate, but today I found myself flip-flopping about what we are doing.
Three things were on my mind – something that Michael Drummond from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust said some 13 years ago – Always make sure your results are greater than your efforts. IE: Don’t waste your time of stuff that will give you a poor result.
Someone from Sustrans said that we should create “windows” so people don’t feel trapped in a huge green corridor.
And lastly, don’t start upsetting the biodiversity unnecessarilly.
We are looking at an area at the bottom of an embankment and wondering if we can do something better with it. It’s about 225 meters in length and has a nice flat base. When we went down there, it is totally dead. Nothing is growing, it is dark and shaded, and there is no sign of any animal life.
We pushed along the flat bottom, clearing a few scrappy branches, and cut a few windows.
Wow!!! The sunlight came flooding in and the meadow next-door is literally buzzing with bees and butterflies.
We are just going to keep poking around to see if a bit of effort on this bit will give us a great result.
The Potford Dam wildflower mini-meadow is now it it’s fourth year and is now pretty much self-sufficient.
This is a good example of what seemed like a lot of effort for little return initially, but has turned into a huge return, so I guess instant results are not necessarily what we are after, but some sort of result.
Mike chopped back the vegetation coming onto the path around Berrybanks, so good work there to keep the path open.
That’s about it for this week. Same place next week to see if we have a viable winter project.