St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

09 Dec

Eco-Active Day: Scrub Management

Sat 9 Dec 2017 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST

Clearing a patch of scrub near Bull Lane

Meet at the Environment Centre to join us for a new phase of our rotational management of large scrub patches in the nature reserve. Through cutting back and clearing a section (roughly 1/10th) of the scrub we will give the area a much needed refresh. Without management the value of species like bramble and dog rose would eventually decrease with fewer flowers and fruits being produced as the middle of the scrub dies back due to lack of light and growing space. By managing scrub on rotation we can ensure a diverse range of age, structure, open space and light within the habitat.

Blackberries, by Lewis Outing

Shrubs such as brambles need cutting back in order to keep on producing good fruit (photo by Lewis Outing)

In the following year the cleared space will come alive with wildflowers whose seeds have been patiently waiting underneath. Pollinator species will have a new food source and it will become valuable scrub edge habitat for mammals and birds foraging back and forth from the dense cover. By the second year shrubs will quickly recolonise the area and thus ensure we don’t lose the overall size and value of the scrub as we continue to rotate around the whole reserve.

You can be part of this exciting regeneration process by volunteering your time and energy on the day or by joining our regular volunteers. Tools and gloves will be provided.

Who is the event suitable for?
Anyone who’d like to have a go at volunteering, meeting new people and enjoying the outdoors while doing something useful as part of One Planet Living. Families and younger people are welcome – there will be a range of tasks for all ages. Please note that under 18s need parental consent and under 13s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Free entry


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