On 3rd June COPSE teamed-up with Haslemere Biodiversity Group (HBG), at Haslemere’s Jubilee Charter Fair, giving Yellow Rattle plugs away to residents in return for photos on how their wildflower areas flourish. COPSE also promoted our Platinum Jubilee Project and HBG displayed the Wildlife Corridors identified across the Town and Biodiversity Mini-projects. Later in June along a woodland Wildlife Corridor in the Town, Gareth with the Surrey Dormice Group picked-up a pair of Dormice in torpor, sleeping-off the ‘June Gap’, when forage is in short supply. Tree and hedgerow flowers are over, but berries and nuts have not yet developed.
During June the Lottery Community Connections Funding helped us to plant a further 14 trees in celebration of the Queen’s Coronation and either side of the Jubilee weekend we planted further trees at the Watts Gallery Orchard space (1st June), Grayswood Forest School Orchard (6th June) and additional trees at Fletcher’s Field, Liphook (15th June, see March-News). We chose summer planting sites where the owners are committed to watering the trees, using potted trees. We will have a break now to seek out a further 54 trees and new orchard spaces for planting in Autumn (September-October) and Winter (November-December) periods.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.