Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Seed Scattering on the new wetland with Friends of Parc Slip

The meeting of the Friends of Parc Slip on Saturday 22nd March involved some large scale gardening! The new wetland at Parc Slip is looking fresh and raw following its excavation, so we were out scattering seeds to help the wild flowers to move in. 

The Friends of Parc Slip gang
We were concentrating on seeding the large bunds which surround the wetland- these were formed from the material that was removed when digging the scrapes and will serve to screen the wetland from people walking to the hide to avoid startling the wild residents.  

Working on one of the bunds
The wildflower mix includes some grasses, such as yorkshire fog and wildflowers such as bedstraws, which are sourced from an environmentally friendly company that grows its seed crops in England. Additionally, we were adding kidney vetch seeds to the south facing slope of the bunds, a plant which is fantastic for butterflies, particularly the small blue which has been scarce on the reserve for the last few years. 

Margaret planting kidney vetch seeds
Small blue butterflies, MJ Clark

The work was very muddy and a few people got very close to losing their wellies (see photo below!), but we had a great morning! Anyone is welcome to join us for the Friends of Parc Slip monthly meetings- give Rose an email or ring 01656 724100 to be added to the mailing list.

Rudi stuck in the mud! 
If you would like to donate towards the new elevated bird hide, you can download a donation form from this page and return it to 
Parc Slip Elevated Bird Hide Fund, Freepost RRJG-XCUZ ZUHU, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, Nature Centre, Fountain Road, Tondu, Bridgend CF32 0EH or ring alternatively, give us a ring in the office on 01656 724100. 

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