Coppicing

19th October, 2016

Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management where trees are cut low to just above the ground level. This technique opens up the tree canopy in the woodland area coppiced, which allows light to reach wildflowers the following spring. The ConSoc team manage part of the woodland by Sheepwalks pond on Brackenhurst Estate, which is populated by Willow spp, by using this traditional method.

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Big Moor

23rd November, 2016

Today began with a planned start to leave Brackenhurst campus at 11am, however, due to waiting for equipment we left at 11.30am. The drive to Big Moor, Peak District, was quiet, the only noise from Simon who was unable to decide on a radio station to listen to. Once arriving on site, the first fun activity was to walk through the muddy fields ready to approach the hill. The hill was tackled swiftly and enthusiastically by members due to their eagerness to see the red deer.

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Grizzled Skipper Project

9th October, 2016

For several years now ConSoc has been involved in the Grizzled Skipper project and this year is no different! The project is run by the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group (NABG) to help protect and expand the range of the Grizzled Skipper, and every year volunteers cut back scrub and create small scrapes to allow the butterfly to lay its eggs.

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Habitat Management work

2nd October, 2016

Today was our first opportunity of the year to get stuck in and involved with habitat management work at Brackenhurst campus. The session began at 1pm, gathering outside the library before setting off to our location in ConSoc wood. An astonishing turnout of approximately 20 members were seen- very promising for our future events! Once all the members were gathered they were introduced to our committee and then we all made our way to the workshop to collect the tools and do a tool health and safety talk – thanks James Jackson!

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Bird box building

26th October, 2016

This event started swiftly at 1pm with us meeting at the workshops all fired up and ready to be productive and build some bird boxes. On arrival, the task seemed that it was going to be more difficult than first imagined due to there only being 3 saws, 1 hammer and 1 drill between the 8 of us. However, the show must go on, so we got to work building.

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Grizzled Skipper talk with the NBAG

2nd November, 2016

Due to the amount of interest we got regarding the grizzles skipper project we decided it would be a good idea to allow the leader of the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group (NBAG), Chris Jackson, to tell us more about the project and why it is so important. So on wednesday we all took our places in the lecture room eager to learn more about the scheme.

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Gibraltar Point conservation day

5th November, 2016

A volunteer conservation day was organised for the society with the help of an NTU lecturer, Matt Edwards, as a great opportunity to engage in some habitat management on a coastal reserve, working on dune scrub. So on Saturday, 5th November, ConSoc (and Matt Edwards and his team) headed over to Gibraltar Point, a dynamic stretch of unspoilt coastline managed by Lincs Wildlife Trust, located just south of Skegness on the Lincolnshire Coast.

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