Middleton Lakes – gravel pits to RSPB Nature Reserve

Forthcoming Talk

Details
Date:

Monday, 15 May 2017 – 8:00pm

Location:

Knowle Village Hall

Speaker:

Chris Edwards

 

Knowle Society’s 2017/18 Speaker Meeting programme kicks off when former RSPB Communications Manger, Chris Edwards, tells the fascinating story of RSPB’s Middleton Lakes Reserve.

Just over a decade ago, the 400 acre site was a cluster of gravel pits, but now it is a network of trails around a jigsaw of hides, lookouts, meadows, wetlands, lakes and ponds that are bird spotter’s paradise.

Strolling the trails, which lie nestled between the River Tame and the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, the visitor can readily spot swans, gliding gracefully across the lakes, and then the ducks and other fowl bobbing along in the streams. For the more eagle eyed, there is now a bounty of birdlife to feast on, including the haughty heron waiting patiently on a high branch to the sparrowhawk soaring and circling overhead to the sandpiper spying from the bank.

Bulb planting – Phase 2

It’s that time of year again! We will be starting the second phase of the bulb planting on Tuesday 1st November 2016. We are starting at the bottom of Stripes Hill (Warwick Road) by the garden centre and the Knowle Sign. We plan to move from Warwick Road to Kenilworth Road in the afternoon. We will continue on Wednesday 2nd November along Hampton Road in the morning and Warwick Road between Wychwood roundabout and the village in the afternon. Volunteers will be required from 10am to 3pm.

If you could spare us an hour of two to join the fun, it would be much appreciated. Many hands make light work. Most of the heavy labour will be done by a team from Amey. No experience is necessary, enthusiasm is the only requirement.

We are delighted to have the Guides and Scouts helping us out on Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th November.

Please let Liz Hulse know if you can help or just turn up on the day with strong shoes and gloves.

Local Nature Reserve – Clear up help request

Two September conservation working days will be taking place in the LNR. Working parties from the Solihull Conservation Volunteers and the Birmingham and Solihull Midweek Volunteers will be there on Sunday 25th September (10.30am to 4.00pm) and then on Thursday 29th September (11.00am to 4.00pm). Anyone who would be willing to help would be welcome.

Those blooming bulbs!

 

The bulb planting in October was a very successful day due to enthusiastic children, a group of hardworking volunteers, the support of the team from Amey and SMBC, all topped off by the beautiful autumn sunshine.

Almost 40,000 crocus and narcissi were planted and we can now see the beautiful fruits of our labour and of the generosity of those who donated to the bulb-planting fund.

As a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, do enjoy the many more photos taken during the planting and more recently showing the bulbs in full bloom. There is also a short piece on the bulb planting in a video put together by the Council.

Bulb planting and blooming – photo montage

Large ash tree lost to a root fungus

The wonderful ash tree that stood at the corner of the churchyard, school entrance and car park was regrettably deemed an incurable victim of root fungal rotting (Ganoderma) and because of its particularly public position could not be allowed to remain as a known risk.