Crayfish Eradication Project

Wednesday 24th May, 2017

As a result of our past hard work and commitment on the Grizzled Skipper Project we have been asked to take part in further conservation work in the form of a signal crayfish eradication programme with the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group and the Environment Agency.

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Litter Pick at Brackenhurst

18th March, 2017
A recent estate walk with a couple of new NTU international exchange students highlighted (with embarrassment) the amount of litter on the verges of the A612, the main road that runs through our campus and estate. With this in mind it was decided that the time had arrived for Conseco’s first litter pick, not the most glamorous of tasks, but probably one of the more necessary, as these verges were once locally designated as sites of biological interest or SBI, a designation of which was recently removed. Some roadside verges in the UK have been given SSSI status, Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

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Heathland management at Budby

4th March, 2017

Today we made a visit to the northern side of Sherwood Forest, known as Budby South Forest and this is a very new RSPB reserve so there is a lot of management work to be done in order to fulfil the ecological potential of the site.

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Grizzled Skipper Work day

22nd January, 2017

The first Grizzled Skipper work party of 2017 saw a net turn out of 25, with six consoc members present. Simon and the minibus left Brackenhurst at 0900 sharp and made a city pickup before heading down Rushcliffe way to East Leake by 1000 to work on a stretch of railway embankment. It was a windless day with a light dusting of frost, so we carried the kit down the rail line to the site and got going as soon as possible to keep warm.

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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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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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