Posted on May 26, 2022
At Greenwood House we would like to be more wildlife friendly. A space has been set aside with the idea of seeing how we could manage a wilder area designed to increase biodiversity.. It lies to the south of the building, beyond the plain rectangular lawns, the gravel paths, and cropped Whitebeam trees, and slopes down to the boundary that separates our property from the Council-managed grass and trees below.
It has just been a couple of weeks now since the last grass-mowing. By leaving the area to grow, it is hoped that the habitat will be enhanced and provide for greater numbers of pollinating insects and birds. A variety of grasses and wild flowers are becoming more apparent already. I am not certain of the accuracy of my identifications but I reckon we have Buttercups (Ranunculus sp.), Daisies (Bellis perennis), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) and White Clover (Trifolium repens), Ox-eye Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare), Sorrel or maybe Sheep’s Sorrel (Rumex acetosa or R. acetosella), Black Medick (Medicago lupulina), Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), Cat’s Ear? (Hypochaeris sp.), ?Ground Ivy (Glechoma hereracea), Silverweed (Potentilla anserina), Common Whitlow Grass (Erophila verna) and Cock’s-foot Grass (Dactylis glomerata)., and much else not identified.
I shall be following our new mini-meadow’s progress with enthusiasm. This is just the first stage of a managed wild area to see how it might work out. Later, in the autumn, I understand that native wildflower seeds will be sown, and possibly some small plant plugs inserted.
Posted on August 5, 2021
Purple/pink Knapweed, yellow St John’s Wort, and rusty-red seeded stems of Dock and Sorrel, with tall stalks of hogweed and their umbrella seed-heads, are thriving amongst the dry grasses in the place I call the Meadow on the edge of the village.
Posted on July 1, 2021
Some pictures from a few weeks ago when I strolled around the place I call ‘the meadow’ – which was originally, in the old Herrison Hospital days, known as the incinerator field! All the shrubs and grassland plants were burgeoning. Guelder rose, buttercups, vetch, umbellifers, sorrel, grasses of many types, sallow or goat willow catkins fallen to the ground, a poor dead vole, and a red and green early instar shield bug on a colour-coordinated grass flowerhead.
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Posted on June 12, 2021
A few pictures from a gentle evening stroll among the Frome River Valley water meadows, on the northern edge of Dorchester, and just a few miles from Charlton Down. The fields are looking particularly glorious right now with thousands and thousands of bright yellow buttercups. Despite the overcast skies, it was a very enjoyable walk in very pleasant company with the added delight of observing clouds of newly-emergent dancing mayflies.
Posted on May 27, 2021
Green and more green. Vibrant, fresh, golden. All photographed around 8pm 22 May 2021, in a place I call The Meadow (but some people call it The Triangle). It is on the north edge of the village, just off the public footpath that leads to Forston Grange from the allotments. It is a great place that is managed more like a nature reserve than our official nature reserve. It is a small field of various grasses, brambles, and wild flowers that I think may be cut once a year allowing everything to bloom and seed in perpetuity; allowing ground cover to recover each year providing food for insects and birds and without disturbing overwintering invertebrates. Appropriately narrow mown pathways circle and cross this small grassland patch which is surrounded by an almost continuous belt of native species of trees. Paths inter-connect the area with the open fields outside, and children can make dens in the wooded areas. In summer, the grasses are spectacular. A lovely place to visit especially for its tranquillity.