“The Trust’s aim is to promote, protect and conserve the living landscape of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site”

Little Acorns Walks

Little Acorns Walks

Book onto one of our Outdoor Learning Programme courses and discover something new!

Book onto one of our Outdoor Learning Programme courses and discover something new!

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White Admiral Colony discovered

A new colony of White Admiral butterflies, first discovered last year in Lloyds Coppice has been confirmed as present this year. Thanks to the work of some of our excellent volunteer recorders Liz Rogers and Christine Littlewood. Photo c. Liz Rogers. Butterfly Conservation's Dr Jenny Joy is coming over next week to take a look. These butterflies like feeding on bramble nectar along sunny rides, but they spend much of their lives in the canopy of oak trees basking in the sunshine and drink aphid honeydew. [caption id="attachment_3844" align="alignnone" width="300"]Female adult White Admiral feeding on bramble in Lloyds Coppice, Ironbridge, Shrops showing upper and under wings. Female adult White Admiral feeding on bramble in Lloyds Coppice, Ironbridge, Shrops showing upper and under wings.[/caption]

Good partnership with Field Studies Council

A great evening yesterday spent at Preston Montford, headquarters of the Field Studies Council, being shown around by Head of Centre Adrian Pickles.  Its an amazing site next to the River Severn just outside Shrewsbury and they teach literally thousands of children and adults about nature and countryside management each year. Twenty three had gathered to see the latest progress on Fran's Meadow and to discuss the next part of the plan where SGCT will provide some hay scythe training and bring some more bales of wildflower rich hay working with local volunteers and ecologists. It was very satisfying to know that after just one year this meadow is already being well used by the FSC as a teaching resource. The FSC is a great organisation - keep up the good work! In the picture Adrian was explaining how the geology of the Severn at Preston Montford links to the Geology at Ironbridge in the glacial period. IMG_3918.

Grey squirrel tree damage

IMG_3878 Grey squirrels are abundant in forests in the UK and though people enjoy seeing them scampering up and down trees they cause a big problem through the damage they do to tree bark, which is particularly bad at this time of year. Squirrels strip the bark to get at the sugary sap beneath and can completely ring bark a branch or smaller tree which then dies. This gives SGCT a problem in that we end up with medium sized dead branches over paths which we have to pay a tree surgeon to climb and cut out the deadwood. It also means that many woodland trees either die or are badly disfigured which can lead to them becoming diseased. SGCT is in discussion with the Forestry Commission regarding a programme to reduce the number of grey squirrels in the future.  .

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