Phase 1 habitat survey, Wrexham, North Wales (2014)

My final solar farm application site of the week and another set of improved grass fields ! But every site has its quirks and this one had two interesting sets of footprints in muddy gateways:

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BSBI sedges meeting, Cumbria (2014)

This was a splendid day out with a large group of enthusiastic botanists.  It rained more or less all day but that didn’t dampen our spirits at all, as there was so much to see at our chosen study site, Roudsea Woods and Mosses NNR, in south Cumbria.  We scored 25 species and hybrids of sedges on the day.  Yes, 25 kinds of sedges in one place.  It’s quite an amazing site, though, with everything from saltmarsh to fen to woodland to limestone grassland.

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Phase 1 habitat survey, Preston, Lancashire (2014)

My third proposed solar farm in a packed week of surveys.  This one had lots of ponds, again, this time in the middle of reseeded grass ley, and lots of large mature trees on the boundary which seemed to have great bat potential.

I won’t bore you with yet another pond picture so here’s an interesting non-ecological feature of the site –  a pair of carved stone gateposts:

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I’ve alerted the project team to these – I don’t know whether they are of historical interest, I’m no expert – but it looks like as there is another gateway linking these two fields, the stone posts will be left alone if the project goes ahead.  Good news :)

Lesser horseshoe bat survey, Betws-y-Coed, North Wales (2014)

Every year, members of South Lancs Bat Group join Clwyd Bat Group and Natural Resources Wales to form a super-group for lesser horseshoe bat surveys as part of the National Bat Monitoring Programme. Continue reading

Phase 1 habitat survey, east Crewe, Cheshire (2014)

This was another site near Crewe needing Phase 1 habitat survey to support a proposed solar farm planning application.  And guess what, more ponds !!  These were rather entertaining as at least half of them were invisible ponds:

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