Cutting Blackthorn for Brown Hairstreaks

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Our brilliant volunteers from the South Downs National Park. We spent Saturday working with them coppicing two sections of blackthorn from the north margin of the meadow. It is part of our blackthorn rotation plan which allows areas of fresh blackthorn regrowth to provide habitat for the rare Brown Hairstreak butterfly (see several posts below). It also helps us to manage blackthorn encroachment in the meadow in general. We are leaving some older grows of blackthorn to provide bird habitat in spring and summer. Hopefully we will have the cuttings removed by the middle of the week. A huge thank you to Phillippa and her team, it is always a pleasure to work with you.

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Hassocks Field Society Talk

A belated thank you to Jane Biggs and the Hassocks Field Society for inviting us to speak last Monday. And thank you especially for the very warm welcome and appreciative comments on the talk. We are always very happy to talk to local people about wildlife and conservation in Lag Wood and Pheasant Field. We really enjoyed meeting you all. See Hassocks Field Society for more information.