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10th July: Paul Harvey was out and about with his camera a couple of days before the contractors cut the wild flower meadows prematurely (see below for Eileen Stonebridge's comments about this misfortune). The original photos can be seen on Paul's website.

Some of the creatures await identification, though the stripey larvae feasting on the ragwort presumably belong to the cinnabar moth. See the June (3) page.

12th July: Disaster struck. The contractors arrived several weeks early and cut the hay meadows before the wild flowers had had time to set their seeds. 
Compare last year August (3).

  Photo: John Morris   

  Photo: John Morris   

  Photo: Eileen Stonebridge   

The following excerpts are taken with permission from Eileen Stonebridge's email to the FOSPNR Committee members, dated the 16th July:

I attended the Parks Forum this morning.

The person responsible for placing contracts...apologised... apparently the dates were wrong on the tender ... and he did not think much damage had been done.

(My immediate response was to say) that if he understood anything about ecology he would know that the cut would prevent seeding of the annual plants (Yellow Rattle is one of the plants in question).

There was a lot of response from other members supporting me and condemning the action. I was told it would not happen again.....someone  had reminded me, before the meeting, that there had been a similar mistake on another site 3 years ago, and they had been told that it would not happen again, so I waded in to say this.

The officers have said they would look at sites more carefully and see that cuts and contractors would be managed more carefully next year and that there must be better communication among Council Staff. Area Managers had not been told that the cutting was about to be done. Jerry Cole told me yesterday that the Contractors had been told to contact him before commencing work.

So in summary the premature cutting is due, on the one hand to officer incompetence, and on the other to lack of communication between contractors and officer and between officers.

Gary Hopkins, Councillor for Environment, said that they had to consider costs and that it had to go out to contract as the Council could not afford to own the machinery. Someone pointed out that now the Council are going to set up a farm at Stoke Park and they already had large areas at Ashton Court and the Downs, they should consider whether it would be better economics for BCC to do it...

17th July - Postscript:  Another apparent casualty of the haycutting was the security post at the Glenavon Park entrance. Eileen reports that the damage was rapidly made good, thanks to the good offices of our Assistant Area Manager and our Park Keeper.

11th July: Wessex Water arrived in force and carried out various works before leaving in good order on the 13th.

  Photo: Eileen Stonebridge   

17th July: Visitors from the Cabot Group of Avon Wildlife visited the Reserve and are seen here inspecting a small patch of uncut meadow.

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