Two Stanny Field Centre colleagues were delegates at the Ancient Tree Forum 2015 AGM and conference, held at Mildenhall and Mundford last Thursday and Friday. Both days started with a morning of talks – all of which were of a high standard. Thursday afternoon was a visit to Aspal Close in Beck Row a Local Nature Reserve with 194 veteran trees! Friday was a visit to Wisbech St Mary and what was a derelict orchard brought back to life by hard work and dedication.
The Ancient Tree Forum raises awareness of the value of ancient and other veteran trees, and lobbies for their care and protection. It also provides advice on ancient tree management and opportunities for people to learn more about them. You will find further information at ancienttreeforum.co.uk
Stanny Field Centre has several important areas of ancient woodland or wood pasture within a few kilometres of the Centre – we will try to work towards being more involved with these interesting and unique sites.
Saturday June 13 was the first BioBlitz Day to be held at Stanny Field Centre. The evening and night were relatively warm so the moth boys had a very good sample to show the public first thing Saturday morning. The bird ringing team also produced eight or nine species including a marsh warbler, which was a new tick for the farm.
After breakfast a 2km walk took people through various habitats on the farm and where experts could explain to people the various plants and fauna they came across. Stanny Field Centre would like to thank all the experts who came for the day and gave their time and expertise freely.
Thank you to; Graham Peck, botany; Dale Peck, geology; Kelly Jacobs, mammals; Colin Lucas and Tricia Taylor, beetles and friends; Christopher Hitch, lichens; Mervyn Miller, birds& butterflies; Mike Pratt, birds; Carl Powell, birds; Clive Moore, moths & butterflies and Matthew Deans, moths.
There is an update of our work so far or at least some of its aspects. Click on the link to take you to the pdf.
On Saturday 15 June the Field Centre is running a BioBlitz Day. We will include from 8.00am onwards, the results from the moth traps and from the bird ringing. Breakfast around 9.15am after that a walk around the sandy part of the farm with a variety of experts who will point out interesting things about the wildlife en route. Lunch around 12.30. Everything is free though if you would like to give a donation to Iken Church or Stanny Environment Group – that would be is gratefully received. If you fancy getting involved just contact Rodney West on 01728 688611 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we know you are coming and when.