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  • What a Wonderful Butterfly Summer

    For those working long-term in countryside management every year produces something noteworthy and by any stretch of the imagination the year 2013 will be remembered as a special year in terms of butterflies. As the hot days of July took…

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  • A muscle aching, heart warming paddle from ‘Sudbury to the Sea’

    During spells of hot weather the riverside draws people like a magnet to enjoy the visually cooling environment where the grass still grows green and the leafy willows cast a welcoming shade for people and cattle alike. Some extend their…

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  • Keeping our grazing cattle fit and healthy

    The riverside pastures looked spectacular through May and June with a golden carpet of meadow and creeping buttercup. Such a show in our countryside really harks back to a pre-herbicide era when all pastures and meadows were full of a…

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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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