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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The Water Meadows Chronicles part 13 (August 2020)

Iain Carruthers-Jones is back on the case reporting his experiences as a Bury Water Meadows Group volunteer.  See previous Chronicles here. This seems a good time to restart the Chronicle. It’s one of the very hottest days of the year (07/08/20) and the Water Meadows has lots of plants growing as high as head height,… Continue reading The Water Meadows Chronicles part 13 (August 2020)

Chalk streams vs clay rivers

This lovely film from Hertfordshire explains the difference between chalk streams like the Lark and Linnet, and clay rivers, and gives an insight into why they are so special.

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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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The Water Meadows Chronicles part 11 (mid May 2020)

Iain Carruthers-Jones looks on the bright side. Earlier parts of the Chronicles can be found here. There’s been a bit of a gap since the last edition of the Chronicles. The coronavirus put us all into lockdown and the volunteer work programme shuddered to a halt. Much to everyone’s chagrin both from a “doing enjoyable… Continue reading The Water Meadows Chronicles part 11 (mid May 2020)