Thursday 25th May 2017 – 9.30am and 1.00pm (two sessions)
Come along and help out with the management of the Hoopern Valley County Wildlife Site (between Prince of Wales Road and the cycleway adjacent to Devon County Cricket Ground). Activities will include litter picking, weed control and cutting back vegetation, to address both wildlife and access issues.
Session 1 – 10.00am to 12.30pm (safety briefing at 9.30am)
Session 2 – 1.30pm to 4.00pm (safety briefing at 1.00pm)
All are welcome, although this is not suitable for children under 16. Please bring sensible footwear and clothing to participate. A safety briefing for participants will also be provided 30 minutes prior to the start of the session.
Please email the if you are interested in getting involved. The Team need prior notice in order to have the equipment and materials available prior to the event.
We were very excited to hear the results of the pond dipping, arranged by Dr Clive Betts – Learning and Development Manager and expert entomologist! He said:
Highlights include two huge cased caddises (and a number of smaller ones), some mature mayfly nymphs of three or more species, loads of copepods and daphnia, some large damselfly nymphs, a nymph of the red-darter dragonfly, a huge ramshorn snail, some lovely leeches (but not too many!), and Norman the Palmate Newt! The other headline is the massive decline in the previously dominant detritivore amphipods and isopods, a positive sign that the excessive allochthonous input prior to the pond works is under control… goes to show that a bit of well-judged management goes a long way.
Emily and Colin from the Grounds Team recently teamed up with the Exeter Community Police Cadets to improve a derelict area of ground which is to be given to the local community by Exeter Council. The area, between Queen’s Crescent, York Road and Longbrook Street is being developed by the Exeter St. James Forum.
Our team assisted the Cadets in their task of clearing the walls of ivy.
On Saturday 3rd May the University of Exeter Grounds Team, in conjunction with the Students Guild and Hospiscare hosted an Open Garden event in aid of Hospiscare. Visitors were treated to guided tours led by the Director of Grounds, Iain Park – which included an aerial rescue display by Grounds Team arborists, floristry demonstrations and a stall selling plants grown at our Nursery by the Grounds Team.
A huge £672 was raised on the day, with more from the guided tours yet to be added.