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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Langford Lowfield Birding!

25th January, 2017

So ConSoc have recently come up with the great idea of loading a group of us keen birders into the minivan for some ‘spontaneous’  birdwatching. This week we decided to head to Langford Lowfields, Nottinghamshire, an RSPB nature reserve and a working quarry on the River Trent, which is currently being restored into the biggest reedbed in the East Midlands.

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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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Journey up to the Scottish Highlands

28th June 2016

The next adventure began with an early start leaving brack at 5am and…hang on…where is James? Ring ring… ring ring…. “Hello?” “James are you coming?” “Yes why?” “We were meant to leave 5 minutes ago!” “…oh no”… An early start leaving brack and 5:30am and we were off! Off on the long long drive to Scotland. On the way we found a good 30 species of bird from the bus as well as a fox. After arriving in Scotland the first activity was a walk up a hill called Coire-n-eassan. Despite the rain it was a nice walk with plenty of wildlife, including osprey, roe deer and sparrow hawk as well as a possible small mountain ringlet butterfly. The highlight of the walk was reaching the top of the hill and looking down on a rainbow. Then off to Loch of the Lowes, home of the famous osprey and red squirrel. .

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Two day trip to the East Coast

13th June 2016

Early Saturday morning, we started the drive down to Norfolk and although bird watching was on the agenda, most of the travellers were too tired to notice the curlew Simon spotted. Our first stop was The Wash Nature Reserve; the location at which last year’s ConSoc trip saw a seal! Sadly, no seals were seen here this year, but instead meadow pipits and plenty of oystercatchers. After a short wander, we went to Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve hoping to see the elusive bearded tit. Having arrived, we had a quick look around the visitor centre and then set off with binoculars in hand and cameras on standby! Straight away we found a nice little pond with reed bunting, reed warblers and long tailed tit.

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