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June 2022 Newsletter

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The end of a rabbit

One of the Noakes Grove rabbits was found dead for no apparent reason. The Wild Child group watched while it was dissected - we didn't find out why it had died but did learn a bit about the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and intestines and what they all did.

Rather than burying the rabbit in an ants' nest (to get the ants to turn it into a skeleton) we decided to leave it in the open, watched over by a camera trap.

A day later we had plenty of pictures of magpies eviscerating the corpse. Then a buzzard spotted the rabbit and battled with a sparrowhawk for the right to carry off the body.

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DINOSAUR WALK - the kids did it: now it's your turn

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Map: the route from Noakes Grove to Kings Field

Photo: The Friday Wild Child Group on the path between Little and Great Bendysh Woods

 

Bendysh Dinosaur Walk

In May. nine "Wild Child" youngsters completed the "Dinosaur Walk": a 13 km walk from Noakes Grove to Kings Field by country footpaths.

The walk celebrated Kings Field being fully opened up to public visits as well as being a "walk back in time" for the children. Read all about it.

You don't need to pretend you are walking 65 million years back in time to enjoy the walk. Our part of north Uttlesford has the lowest availability of "Accessible Countryside" of any part of Essex (that is, land where you are able to roam freely not just follow a footpath).

This walk takes you through the Bendysh Woods: the largest "right to roam area" of Walden's countryside and one you can only reach on foot.

The walks starts and ends at our own Noakes Grove and Kings Field reserves, which also have full public access on foot.

In between, you follow a Roman road that was part of the route from Dunmow to Great Chesterford some 2000 years ago. This leads to a group of private ancient woodlands (all Local Wildlife Sites) which you can traverse on public footpaths.

The whole route takes an adult about four hours to walk (five with children). You can leave your car at either end then use bus 60 to get back to it from the other end of the route.

Download a printer-friendly map and guide

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Work Party at Noakes Grove

Sunday June 19th

10 am - 3 pm Come any time

We will be continuing work on managing the paths through the spinney and checking the area for orchids and other rare flowers

 

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Let's find a Liquorice Piercer! It's only 5mm long

Liquorice piercer

This is a rare and very small moth (it's on the Essex Red-data list) and it only feeds on Wild Liquorice.

It will be on the wing until late July and the males fly around Wild Liquorice flowers in the afternoon sunshine.

Noakes Grove has one of the best populations of Wild Liquorice and the most recent record of the moth in Essex was only a few kilometres away.

So please try to spot the moth at Noakes Grove over the next few weeks. Better still, photograph one and email us the photo.

 

The caterpillar eats the developing wild liquorice pods in August

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The signs a caterpillar has been feeding

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The moths latin name is Grapholita pallifrontana

Click the link to read what the Essex Field Club knows about this moth:

https://www.essexfieldclub.org.uk/portal.php/p/Species+Account/s/Grapholita+pallifrontana

 

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Sheep in the meadows

Sheep have returned to Kings Field after an absence of over four months. You can now see ewes and their lambs at both Noakes Grove and Kings Field: a total of 15 lambs with eight ewes plus a couple of young ewes due to go to the ram for the first time next year.

The sheep meadows at both reserves have a good showing or wild flowers: especially those fenced areas at present being rested from sheep grazing.

It is well worth exploring these meadows.

Photo: Ox-eye daisies close by and Kings Field sheep in the distance

 

 

 

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These lovely woodcuts of the Noakes Grove sheep are by Issa Cochran. They feature on high quality A6 size greetings cards (nomessage) which are being sold in packs of four (two of each design with envelopes) at £9 including delivery. All the proceeds go to Walden Countryside.

To order a pack (4 cards and envelopes):

 

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Updated 10 June 2022

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