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.
In support of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign to ‘Clean for the Queen,’ colleagues and students are invited to take part in a litter-picking event. The event will take place from 12-2.30pm on Friday 4 March, between Birks Grange and Duryard residences. All equipment will be provided, however old clothes are recommended. Further details are available online.
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.
The design for the Diamond Jubilee International Garden
The Grounds department, along with Estate Services have been starting work on an exciting new project to celebrate the University of Exeter’s Diamond Jubilee this year.
An area of the Old Walled Garden at Reed Hall has been chosen to site the new project, which will house a themed garden to reflect the work of Veitch plant collectors around the world.
Areas have been chosen to reflect Australasia, Asia, Africa and The Americas and will include plants native to these areas, it is hoped that as well as providing a relaxing communal space, the area will also give our international students, staff and visitors plants they can connect with.
Work so far has involved clearing the site in preparation for the new planting. A team of volunteers from the University gave up their time to help at the end of last year.
Volunteers hard at work
Lots to do!
Another volunteer day has been arranged for March, this time to help with planting up the site. It is also hoped that we will get some local apprentices in to help with the brickwork (whilst also gaining valuable work experience). In the meantime, work is now focussed on removing redundant buildings to make more communal space.
We will keep you updated with the project as it progresses.