Butterfly Survey

Now is the time of year for the annual, national Big Butterfly Count. So we took a walk through the nature reserve on Friday afternoon and recorded what we saw. We spotted eight species - most of them near the sandpit - and I have sent our count into the survey. SPECIESCOUNT6-spot Burnett1Comma2Gatekeeper5Holly Blue1Meadow Brown3Purple... Continue Reading →

Mid-summer on The Heath

The Heath is now perfect for relaxing and enjoying nature. The grassland is in full flower. White Yarrow and yellow Autumn Hawkbit are mixed in among patches of different grasses, all waving in the breeze. As well as being beautiful to behold, it provides an ideal home for the fascinating insects that can be seen... Continue Reading →

Litter Pick – 21st June – Report

The weekend's DIY litter pick ran like magic. The bags gradually piled up at the collection point and were removed by ANSA, along with other miscellaneous objects such as the remains of a plastic swing discovered in the sandpit. Saturday Collection PileSunday Collection Pile On Saturday afternoon, two of us went out and each collected a... Continue Reading →

Litter Pick – 21st June

Friends of The Heath intend to go ahead with the litter pick on Knutsford Heath scheduled for Sunday 21st June. However, with the coronavirus situation, we need to minimise physical interaction. Therefore, we won’t be running the usual formal event where we organise everyone to collect litter for an hour on Sunday morning. Instead, we... Continue Reading →

Nest Box Survey – May 2020

The Heath is now teeming with new life, including birdlife. This month provides the best opportunity to find out how the nest boxes we installed are being used. All it takes is to watch each box for a few minutes. Occupancy is confirmed by observing the adults flitting back and forth, bringing food to their... Continue Reading →

A White Bouquet

Only a few weeks ago gorse provided the dominant colour but now The Heath has been whitewashed by the next succession of flowers. Along the boundaries, particularly along Northwich Road, Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) is providing a mass of white. It is at home in woodland edges. Cow Parsley Another boundary plant, growing up close... Continue Reading →

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