Tuesday, 25 April 2017

New Kestrel Nest Box at Standlake Common

As many of the regular Standlake Common bird hide visitors will know, the Kestrel nest box has been in need of replacement for some time.


I am happy to say that we installed a new box this morning with the help of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks. Photos below...





Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hedgelaying at Standlake Common


We’ve had a busy year at Standlake Common including the reed removal works in September and coppicing with the LWVP volunteers in Autumn. Most recently, we have just completed 200 metres of hedgelaying along the Southern shore of the lake.

 

A section of the hedgerow before being laid


Left unmanaged, a hedgerow like this will continue to grow upwards and will likely develop gaps. Hedgelaying is a technique used to manage hedgerows by cutting and bending stems over at an angle and then securing with stakes and binders. The outcome is a living stock proof boundary that provides a haven for wildlife.  



 

The hedge after being laid

A section of the finished hedge