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The prospect of losing a 50-acre field in the middle of Bury St Edmunds to a hotel and leisure complex, led to the formation of the Bury Water Meadows Group in 2013. The so-called Leg of Mutton had enjoyed an uninterrupted view of the town for a thousand years. Those campaigning and founding members knew… Continue reading Article for WildEast Newsletter

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Stag beetle habitat: BWMG’s first construction job in the water meadows

2020 has been anything but normal. Despite that, Bury Water Meadow Group’s (BMWG) last work party of the season went off extremely well. The entrance to Ram Meadow at Barwell Road is now looking like a proper entrance to a Local Nature Reserve, complete with log-lined paths with chippings laid, they had become very muddy… Continue reading Stag beetle habitat: BWMG’s first construction job in the water meadows

BWMG awarded Town Council funding

Bury Water Meadows Group has received a significant boost with the Town Council approving funding of £9277 at its November meeting. The funding application was proposed by Cllr Tony Whittingham and councillors were unanimous in supporting the group’s efforts to raise the status of the rivers Lark and Linnet and their adjacent areas in the… Continue reading BWMG awarded Town Council funding

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Himalayan Balsam

Working in co-ordination with our sister organisation the River Lark Catchment Partnership, BWMG volunteers are making a major contribution to controlling Himalayan Balsam. Building on its previous years efforts BWMG has this year surveyed 7km of the Lark & Linnet rivers in Bury St Edmunds and has so far clocked up some 75 volunteer hours… Continue reading Himalayan Balsam

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Planting wildflowers

Research has found that the number of insects in the UK has decreased by 70% over the last 20 years and indeed another more recent report has found that this is also a trend in some other Western European countries. The causes are complex, but one thing that is clear is that the diversity of… Continue reading Planting wildflowers

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