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  • Summer is Coming

    Whilst the weather during May was generally very chilly, wildlife was still making the most of it. Warmth loving species such as damselflies and dragonflies may have been predictably absent from the waterways but in the bird world it has…

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  • Cattle and birds bring the Sudbury Common Lands to life

    Whilst the weather during May was generally very chilly, wildlife was still making the most of it. Warmth loving species such as damselflies and dragonflies may have been predictably absent from the waterways but in the bird world it has…

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  • Blooming spring at last!

    The extremely late start to spring had a considerable knock-on effect for the grazing with cattle returning to the pastures much later than usual. Looking through the charity’s minute book the ‘turning-on’ dates varied considerably depending on how wet the…

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  • Maintaining our environmental assets

    ‘In like a lion and out like a lamb’ or so the saying goes! During the first week of March however, after a wet and drearily cloudy winter spring’s lamb bleated very briefly before giving way to an arctic blast…

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  • Winter birds and spring antics

    The recent extremely cold temperatures along with snow cover make life very difficult for those animals not tucked up and hibernating until the arrival of the softer days of spring. Such conditions sometimes provide incredible opportunities to see birds and…

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  • Working to improve access and save the Deptford Pink

    In terms of weather 2012 had very little to commend it although previously there had been an even longer period of exceptionally pleasant conditions so the rain was overdue. Even so, compared with many other areas of the country the…

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  • Rain, mud and heritage fruit trees.

    All the cattle were removed to winter quarters by mid November and this was very much in line with previous years. The access improvements near the Mill Hotel made the removal from Freemen’s Commons much more efficient and resolved the…

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  • Busy, busy, busy in this season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

    The brief interlude in the very wet weather was just enough for the riverside ground to dry out to carry out projects that require lots of movement with heavy machinery. The bat willows are down and dealt with as required…

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  • The sound of leather on willow!

    On some areas of the Sudbury and Cornard riversides willow trees are a dominant feature. Interestingly, old engravings and paintings record a riverside almost completely devoid of trees, the land being open cattle grazed flood-plain. Grazing is a tradition that…

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  • Sunshine at last!

    A few rays of glorious sunshine soon dim the memory of the very wet weather. Sadly the effects of the unseasonal amounts of rainfall affected riverside wildlife. Back in May the swans experienced a disastrous nesting season and only one…

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