Invasive non-native plants could be damaging our wildlife and river banks

A wonderful plant to get children interested in nature, writes Jillian Macready, is Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) as the seed heads explode on touch when they are ready to disperse. However, this makes it a major weed problem, invading gardens and allotments but especially riverbanks and waste ground which don’t attract gardeners dedicated to spotting… Continue reading Invasive non-native plants could be damaging our wildlife and river banks

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River restoration

We are now working with The River Lark Catchment Partnership, the group for the whole of the Lark River as this provides direct access to Environment Agency (EA) technical advice, funding and facilitation of formal permits needed to get the work done. The good news is that the EA has received funding for work on the… Continue reading River restoration

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Update on wildflowers, wildflower turf and Elm tree planting

Last October we planted wildflower plugs in No Mans Meadow. In February this year we planted European White Elms which had been supplied by Butterfly Conservation and in March, at the same time as litter picking and the river restoration project mentioned above, we laid turf seeded with wildflowers on the banks of the Lark… Continue reading Update on wildflowers, wildflower turf and Elm tree planting

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CamEO Invasive Non-Native Species Workshop, August 22nd

The Cam and Ely Ouse (CamEO) Catchment Partnership is hosting a non-native invasive species workshop on August 22nd that will bring partners together to discuss the primary species of concern and take a look at recent actions that are already underway to control their spread. The workshop will cover the legacy of the RINSE project as… Continue reading CamEO Invasive Non-Native Species Workshop, August 22nd

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Little egret

Most walks along the Lark valley in Bury are now rewarded with a sighting of a little egret in, or close to, the water, brilliant white.  The RSPB says the little egret is a small white heron with attractive white plumes on crest, back and chest, black legs and bill and yellow feet. It first… Continue reading Little egret

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River restoration & litter pick 19th March – report

On March 19th teams from Bury Water Meadows Group (BWMG) and the River Lark Catchment Partnership (RLCP) undertook a range of restoration and litter picking activities. Five different work parties went in different directions on the Sunday morning, from their Base Camp in the Crankles. The Bury Water Meadows Group was on a mission to get three litter… Continue reading River restoration & litter pick 19th March – report

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The next litter pick

Sunday 19th March at the Crankles  Litter picking has now become a regular feature and we aim for two a year; one that coincides with Keep Britain Tidy big clean up (more or less) and one on World Rivers Day at the end of September. March is a good time as the vegetation is still… Continue reading The next litter pick

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