In April botanist Giles Groome conducted a botanical survey at Watts Orchard Space, including the adjacent ancient-wood and car-parking area (see maps). Surprisingly the area that supported the most notable plants was the car-park, where acid-grassland species grow, such as small cudweed. During the May-Bioblitz Gareth conducted reptile and botanical walks around the space, while Claire and Susan engaged with visitors showing them smooth newts and pond life we found in Watts-pond as well as slow-worms. Thank you to Sarah Jarvis, Chris Sharples and the Watts team for organising such as lovely event, we certainly hope to assist next year.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.