Improvements made to Derbyshire conservation site
Our beautiful plot of land in Derbyshire is starting to come into bloom, and we are very excited about the variety of wildlife that will emerge in the next few months. In previous years, the meadow was heavily grazed which reduced the biodiversity of the area. It will be very interesting to find out what wildflowers flourish over spring and summer.
There is a large herd of red deer that visit the site most mornings. They are quite shy so photographing them takes a lot of patience! Thank you Richard Paski for this beautiful shot.
We have put up 49 bird boxes around the site to encourage owls, kestrels, tree creepers and many more. Lets hope we get inhabitants!
There is also a newly created ‘nectar belt’ of wildflowers for ground nesting birds such as plovers and lapwings. It may look a little unattractive right now but this habitat type is vital for the survival of many bird species
In addition to this, we have improved the site for dog walkers and ramblers with bridge and path maintenance. We hope to keep improving the land for the benefit of local wildlife, but we are refraining from any more practical land management until autumn when the animals have stopped breeding and rearing any young.