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					  Countryside Spring / Summer Volunteer
            Programme 2007


April 27th   access   Boardwalk @ Newlands Common

                      This week we continue building the
                      boardwalk at Newlands Common.
                      Newlands common is an SBI (Site of
                      Biological Importance).


May 5th      access   Fencing @ Nuns Well

                      This week we are replacing the fencing
                      on the frontage of Nuns Well. The fence
                      here is past its sell by date in places. We
                      are replacing it with post and wire
                      fencing, which is more suited to its rural
                      setting in the Area of Outstanding
                      Natural Beauty.


May 11th     access   Beating the bikes @ Hawks Green

                      This week we are installing gates on the
                      Hawks Green Local Nature Reserve to
                      prevent unauthorised vehicular access.
                      This helps create a safer site for people to
                      enjoy.
May 18th   biodiversity Pulling the Balsam @ Mill Green

                      This week we get our wellies on to tackle
                      a problem garden escapee Himalayan
                      Balsam. This plant spreads vigorously
                      along our watercourses crowding out
                      native vegetation. If left uncontrolled it
                      will eventually destroy the grazing areas
                      of the Mill Green water voles. Water
                      voles have experienced massive declines
                      in populations; one of the reasons for this
                      is habitat loss.


May 25th   access     Boardwalk @ Newlands common

                      We finish off the boardwalk at Newlands
                      this week.



June 1st   access      Fencing @ Hawks Green LNR

                      We continue with our ongoing
                      management of Hawks Green Local
                      Nature Reserve. This week fencing an
                      area that has been sown with arable field
                      edge wildflowers. These wildflowers are
                      a vital source of food for birds. With the
                      intensification of modern farming
                      practices many of these flowers have
                      been lost from the edges of fields, which
                      has contributed greatly to the decline of
                      many bird species. The Countryside
                      Service is working to help reverse this
                      trend by sowing these seeds in a number
                      of pilot areas.
June 8th    access      Beating the bikes @ Hawks Green

                       We     continue   with  our   access
                       improvement work on the Hawks Green
                       Local Nature Reserve.


June 15th   biodiversity Pulling the Balsam @ Mill Green

                       This week we continue to control the
                       menace that is Himalayan Balsam.
                       Originally brought over by the Victorians
                       for their gardens it is now a problem on
                       many of this country’s water courses.


June 22nd   access      Footpath maintenance @ all sites

                       By this time of year many of our
                       countryside paths are starting to become
                       over grown. We will spend today tackling
                       overgrowing and overhanging vegetation
                       making it easier for the public to enjoy
                       their countryside spaces.



June 29th   biodiversity Newt Hibernaculae @ Brickworks

                       This week we return to conservation
                       work on a site that is new to the
                       Countryside Service. The council took
                       over management of this site in February.
                       This site is very important for
                       amphibians, so this week we are going to
                       be helping to improve their habitat by
                       creating some hibernaculum.
July 6th     biodiversity Pulling the Balsam @ Mill Green

                         Please see above.


July 13rd    biodiversity Dam it @ Milking Brook

                        A day of building dams. An annual
                        favourite this one. We use willow hurdles
                        to stop the stream channelising to prevent
                        the wetland area drying out. This work
                        has proved very successful previously.


July 20th    biodiversity Fencing @ Nunswell

                        The deer are eating all of the fresh hazel
                        shoots from the hazel we coppiced
                        previously. To give it a fighting chance
                        we are going to erect some exclosure
                        fencing to keep the deer out.


July 27th    access     Footpath maintenance @ all sites

                        By this time of year many of our
                        countryside paths are starting to become
                        over grown. We will spend today tackling
                        overgrowing and overhanging vegetation
                        making it easier for the public to enjoy
                        their countryside spaces.


August 3rd   biodiversity Pulling the Balsam @ Milking Brook

                        Another day of ensuring that this plant
                        does not get out of hand in Milking
                        Brook LNR.
August 10th        biodiversity Making Hay 1 – weather dependant

                                Come and help with our management of
                                our species rich hay meadows. We use
                                this hay to feed our cows and as a seed
                                source.

August 17th        biodiversity Making Hay 2 – weather dependant

                                We have lost 98% of our species rich
                                unimproved grasslands. The traditional
                                management used by the countryside
                                service of cutting then aftermath grazing
                                ensures the long term survival of these
                                remnants, which if left unmanaged would
                                be lost.

August 24th        access       Footpath maintenance @ all sites

                                By this time of year many of our
                                countryside paths are starting to become
                                over grown. We will spend today tackling
                                overgrowing and overhanging vegetation
                                making it easier for the public to enjoy
                                their countryside spaces.

August 31st        access       Hazelslade car park

                                The ruts are back and I don’t mean the
                                punk rock band. We spend today making
                                some access improvements to the car
                                park of this Local Nature Reserve.

               All tools, training and expertise provided but
                 please bring your own lunch and boots.

Meet at:      Deavall’s Farm, Hawks Green Lane, Cannock

Time:         9-00am till 3-30pm

              Contact the Countryside Service 01543 450018

               countrysideservice@cannockchasedc.gov.uk