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Archive of posts filed under the Pierrepont conservation category.

The battle resumed on two fronts

by Brian Lavers With the birds long past the point of wanting a little peace and quiet for their nesting and rearing, the volunteers have resumed work on the elimination of rhododendron ponticum from the woodland at Pierrepont and have taken up axe, hook and bow saw once more against the invasive pine, birch, etc. […]

(H)edging upwards

by Rod Kebble In November 2007, the conservation volunteers began planting a hedge along the north and west sides of Reeds Left Field. The soil is sandy and along the north side the hedge plants compete for water with a line of trees that also act as umbrellas, stopping the plants from receiving rainwater. The […]

CRT says farmland birds
paying the price of protecting predators

by Rod Kebble Last Sunday (13th April 2014), the BBC’s Countryfile programme addressed, among other things, the decline in the number of the UK’s farmland birds. Presenter Tom Heap began his report with a look at last February’s Big Farmland Bird Count, which was organised by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. The results of […]

Of trees

by Rod Kebble The effects of last winter’s storms are still to be seen in Pierrepont Farm’s woods, where fallen trees lie along the ground or stand drunkenly propping each other up, leaning in whatever direction the winds blew them. All the news is not bad however, as the flattened trees offer a good opportunity […]

Ponticum paper prepared

by Brian Lavers We were joined at Pierrepont on a couple of occasions last week by Kerry Donovan, a student from Royal Holloway College, Egham who is in the third year of a BSc Physical Geography course. For his dissertation Kerry had selected an enquiry into the prevalence of Rhododendron ponticum at a particular site […]