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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

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Habitats for Learning

There are 4 Associate Action Teams each with specific task; Grounds, Marketing, Events and Fundraising.
The Grounds Action Team is a group of Associates who help to ensure the ongoing maintenance of the grounds for the enjoyment and safe access of the wider community.

The successes of the Ground Action Team in 2012 were:

The Reptile Mound was renovation at the beginning of the year. The large vegetation was removed and the broken fence was replaced with a border constructed of woven willow. In the Summer it became home to at least 3 Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) hatchlings making the renovation a resounding success. To have a breeding population on the mound is the very best we could have hoped for.

The Wild Flower Meadow was strimmed and raked twice in 2012 to improve the plant biodiversity. We look forward to seeing lots more grasshoppers and butterflies enjoying the wide range of flowers this summer too.

The Butterfly Beds were continually weeded and hosted a range of Lepidoptera species including an Angle Shades moth (Phlogophora meticulosa), Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album), Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae), Large Skipper butterfly (Ochlodes faunus) and Mint moth (Pyrausta aurata).

Looking forward to 2013 the plan is to continue to the maintenance of the grounds with particular attention to the Associates funded Bird Garden, the Organic Garden, Sensory Garden and the Butterfly Garden. In addition, the Action Team is aiming to renovate the paths so they can endure the footfall of the 22,000 learners that the Centre sees each year.

Lizards sunbathing

Renovated reptile mound

In order to construct new projects and maintain habitats in the Centre grounds for the enjoyment of visitors and wildlife, the team needs your help! Please let us know if you would like to volunteer with the Associates Ground Action Team by contacting Gin by email [email protected]

Monday, January 14, 2013