Other News

Friends of Danby Wood (FoDW): The Norwich Fringe Project supports many “Friends” groups around the area. On Saturday 16th November Matt Davies led a workday with the FoDW where 32 volunteers from nearby Eaton Rise cleared glades, cut back ivy, picked litter and planted over 100 trees. We had a good fire going to burn the brash which left me with a rosy glow at the end of the day. Tim, who is a regular volunteer with the Norwich Fringe Project and an Eaton Rise resident brush-cut the glade. Continue reading Other News

Marshes and Rain

Marston Marsh: On 15th November it was a day out on Marston Marsh to repair a fence and the path under the guidance of Matt H. One of the cattle had recently escaped from the grazing area and had tried to get onto Marston Lane at the Eaton Village end. (I wonder if it had an escape plan. Where was it heading next?) Fortunately, the field gate and entrance kissing gate provided a final barrier but the posts and rails around the gates were damaged and needed replacing. Continue reading Marshes and Rain

Strawberries and Rain

Strawberry Field, near Eaton is a new location for our Volunteers and during November we made three visits to this site off Bluebell Road in Eaton all led by Paula. The field was once used for growing strawberries but has been fallow for many years. There is a well-used footpath along the field edge between Bluebell Road and the River Yare and in the summer the field is used for launching hot air balloons. Continue reading Strawberries and Rain

Fen Management

Crostwick Common, this is a new site for our volunteers and one that many of us had driven past on the North Walsham Road without realising its existence. Our brief from Matt for the site said that “we had been engaged by Norfolk Wildlife Trust to carry out some sensitive management work to maintain the unique wet fen habitat and that the work will involve brush cutting the brambles, grassland vegetation, sedge and the reed bed and then raking off the material to prevent the loss of an important habitat”. Continue reading Fen Management