A report from Chris Jackson about activities of the Grizzeled Skipper Project
I would like to say a great big thank you and well done to all of you for your help in taking forward the Grizzled Skipper Project this autumn. After a long break due to Covid-19, it has been really good to see many of you over the last couple of months.
During our first 5 work parties of this winter period, we have focused much of our effort on sites in the East Leake area and I am very pleased with our efforts and hope to see good results when we visit these sites in spring to see the butterfly on the wing. Your work has involved clearing scrub to open up or maintain open areas, clearing ballast piles that have been created to encourage egg laying and also planting up areas with two of the foodplants (agrimony and creeping cinquefoil) which some of you have been good enough to grow on in your greenhouses, from locally collected seed.
In the New Year we won’t get started again until Sunday 23rd January when we will be moving across to the south-east of the county and working at a great site close to Flawborough. We then have a further four work parties planned to take place across sites in south Notts. If you are able to join us your help would be very much appreciated and essential to the success of the project.
Sunday 23rd January 2022 – Flawborough Triangle
Wednesday 2nd February 2022 – Saxondale Disused Railway Spur
Sunday 13th February 2022 – Flawborough Footpath
Wednesday 23rd February 2022 – Staunton Quarry
Wednesday 2nd March 2022 – Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard
Grizzeled Skipper – Jim Asher
Interested in helping, contact Christopher.Jackson@nottscc.gov.uk
After last winter, without any volunteer work parties, I am very pleased to tell you all that we are back up and running and hoping to get the counties grizzled skipper sites back into tip top condition in time for the 2022 flight season.
Below are the dates that have been arranged and the sites on which we will be undertaking the work.
Sunday 31st October 2021 – GCRN, Lime Sidings to Barnstone Tunnel – hay raking & removal
Wednesday 17th November 2021 – Grange Farm, Normanton on Soar – scrub clearance
Sunday 21st November 2021 – GCRN, East Leake Station Cutting – scrub clearance and egg laying site maintenance
Wednesday 1st December 2021 – Granby Disused Railway – scrub clearance and egg laying site maintenance
Sunday 12th December 2021 – GCRN, Lime Sidings to Barnstone Tunnel – scrub clearance and egg laying site maintenance
Sunday 23rd January 2022 – Flawborough Triangle – scrub clearance
Wednesday 2nd February 2022 – Saxondale Disused Railway Spur – scrub clearance
Sunday 13th February 2022 – Flawborough Footpath – scrub clearance
Wednesday 23rd February 2022 – Staunton Quarry – scrub clearance
Wednesday 2nd March 2022 – Newstead Old Coal Stocking Yard – scrub clearance.
(all work parties will start at 10am and will finish between 3pm and 3.30pm)
You will notice that the first work party will soon be upon. On Sunday 31st October (next Sunday) we will be heading across to the Great Central Railway at East Leake and working on the cutting just to the north of Barnstone Tunnel. The grassland in the cutting was cut recently and the main aim of the work party will be to clear the arisings and also to maintain the ballast piles that we have created in the cutting and that have proved to be ideal sites for egg laying for this butterfly species. If you are able to join us next weekend than please let me know and I will send you meeting instructions early next week. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Jackson – Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group
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