Buxton heath wildlife group the latest news from the heath! Issue 58 Dated 12. 01. 01

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The latest news from the heath! Issue 58 Dated 12.01.01

No 606 Sat. 26.02.00 Sunny with cool breeze.
Colin Thompson, Dave Bevan, Phil Davison, Kevin Lewis, Len Wise, Christian Röttger, Don Kernott, Nathalie Kausch, Tracey Hobbs, Veronica Fish, Hannah Fish & Joe Dunne, Anthony Insuli (Croydon), Daniel Sarabey (Cromer), Doug Arkell, & Colin Penny = 16.
Yet more scrub clearance west of the Spine. Veronica brought her daughter and step-son with her, and two new guys made a one-off appearance.
Birds: Heron Ardea cinerea - overflight, Shelduck Tadorna tadorna - overflight, Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella, Long-tailed Tit Aegithelos caudatus, Dunnock Prunella modularis - flock of 8 seen, Great Tit Parus major, Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis - flock of 17 seen.
Mammals: Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus - 2 seen just north of stream, near piezo station 4 - photos in albums 73 + 74.
Hemiptera: Gorse Shield Bug Piezodorus lituratus
Herptiles: Adder Vipera berus - 8 seen.
In flower: Common Gorse Ulex europaeus.
Not in flower: Climbing Corydalis Corydalis claviculata - in leaf at our work site.

No. 607 Sat. 04.03.00 Sunny and clear, but cold.
Len Wise, Colin Thompson, Nathalie Kausch, Phil Davison, Kevin Lewis, Debbie Jackson, Andy Wilkinson, Doug Arkell, Don Kernott, Dave Bevan, Sunarto (Java, Indonesia), & Colin Penny = 12.
We continued to work west of the Spine, now quite close to the mire. We also visited the contractors' work area, at the southern end of the Spine. English Nature's Andy Millar paid us a visit to talk about the work. Nathalie liked the look of the tractor (see photo in album 74).
Sunarto became our first visitor from Indonesia. He soon settled in with the Group, with his great sense of humour and sunny smile.
Birds: Snipe Gallinago gallinago, Kestrel Falco tinnunculus, Mallard Anas platyrhynchos - mire.

Herptiles: Adder Vipera berus - near "Lay-by", Common Lizard Lacerta vivipara, Common Frog Rana temporaria - spawn in heath + bomb pools.

No. 608 Wed. 08.03.00 Visit to see "work in action".
Colin Thompson and I spent most of the day at the site, meeting the contractors who were working at the southern end of the Spine. We also met up with John Milton and Steve Collin at the top end who were using the Norfolk Wildlife Trust forage harvester to mow patches of heather.
Photographs of both teams in action can be seen in Album 74.

Birds: Wren Troglodytes troglodytes, Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis, Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus - mire - almost trodden on!
Herptiles: Common Frog Rana temporaria.
No. 609 Wed. 08.03.00 Management meeting at NWT.
Colin Thompson, Phil Davison, Nathalie Kausch, Tracey Hobbs, Sunarto, Michelle Margot, & Colin Penny = 7.
We met with Harry Bowell to discuss the proposed management plan. We discussed which work would be done by contractors, and the involvement of BHWG.

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