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Catering for all

Once again, I’m pondering how to avoid conflicts between scrub clearance to expand the grasslands and the needs of the species that live in and around that scrub. When we plan management work it is vital to understand which species … Continue reading

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Beeday

There was a buzz around Carmel last Friday as a flight of the bumblebee enthusiasts made a beeline to the reserve. Busy as bees, they were a hive of activity swarming through woods and glades. …. Given the subject matter … Continue reading

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Rainy Days

So…… plans for my mini meadow are not going well at all!!!  Where the weather has been so bad since my last blog, it just hasn’t been feasible to even start – and now thanks to a broken boiler I’m … Continue reading

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Volunteers – Why do we have them?

Well, when things are going fine, the weather is good, materials are on site and the first aid kit hasn’t been opened in a while it is easy to forget the value and importance of our volunteering force. Generally they … Continue reading

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Carmel Reserve – Not Quite the Dawn Chorus

Each Friday morning for the past few weeks the peace at Carmel has been interrupted by a pair of two stroke petrol engines. A duet in stereo by a brush cutter and a chainsaw.  Though not melodic by any stretch … Continue reading

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It’s April and Carmel is going Cuckoo

We’re a couple of weeks into April and the first flowers to bloom in the semi improved fields at Caramel are now in evidence. Cuckoo flowers, Lucy lockets, Lady’s smocks. Milkmaids, Meadow cress, Bread and milk. However not quite the … Continue reading

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Finding a Balance

March was a very busy month at Carmel National Nature Reserve. We rushed to finish several scrub clearance jobs before the birds began nesting. One of our greatest challenges at Carmel is to achieve our aim of winning back the … Continue reading

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