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Bluebell Woods – open weekend

Both of our woodlands on the reserve (Cockaynes Wood and Villa Wood) contain remnants of ancient woodland.  One of the marker species for this are our native English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta ).  We have enjoyed a fantastic display of bluebells … Continue reading

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Warden’s Blog 15/7/16

GLOW WORMS. This appears to be a good year for them, if Cockaynes Reserve is anything to go by. Last Sunday night Val, Lucy and I did a survey and found 46 glowing females (including two mating pairs). Mostly they … Continue reading

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Warden’s Blog. 30/4/16

It is so nice when we visit Cockaynes to talk to people who come to the site regularly as they can tell us about things they have seen that we haven’t. A gentleman yesterday told us how he had seen … Continue reading

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Warden’s Blog, 11/4/2016

Good news……. we have the first of our nightingales back this year. Dave D reported one singing last night at the north end (near Sunnymead Lane) of Villa Wood. He also saw a Pochard duck on the Small Pond by … Continue reading

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Warden’s Blog, 17/3/2016

We had a lovely morning on the reserve yesterday. We transplanted some primroses into the area we had tidied on Sunday (under the hazel coppice in Villa Wood) as most of the primroses already on the reserve are not in … Continue reading

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Tesco Bags of Help Initiative Funding Award

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch it’s Bags of Help Initiative across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag … Continue reading

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Warden’s blog, 19th February 2016

It was a lovely day out on the reserve today. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and there were lots of people out enjoying the good weather with us. The primroses and snowdrops are now in full flower … Continue reading

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Warden’s Blog, November 2015

Our work party on the first Sunday of the month was very successful despite the heavy mist in the earlier part of the morning. By coffee break we were able to see parts of the meadow from the heath through … Continue reading

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‘Went to mow a meadow’. Sunshine & hard work. With the help of Alan from Essex Wildlife Trust driving (being pulled along) the mower, we have managed to mow all the intended area. I did take a turn on the … Continue reading

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Warden’s blog, September 2015.

A late morning walk around site this morning. The reserve is very wet after the rain with lots of puddles but most of the paths are still dry. We saw Red Darter dragonflies laying eggs in the puddles, unfortunately these … Continue reading

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