Volunteer Warden’s Report: January 2020

4th October 2019 to 10th January 2020

Season’s greetings from all members of the Friday Group and best wishes for a prosperous New Year.

Last October, Bidston Hill received a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral. The occasion was the raising of the Green Flag by His Worship: the flag is awarded to public places which are well maintained for visitors and, once again, the Hill has been a recipient.

The following week many bulbs were planted in the wooded triangle of land opposite the entrance to Tam O’Shanter farm — look out for a colourful display this Spring.
On parts of South Heath, Heather is now re-generating after the disastrous fires of 2018 so a number of Birch saplings growing there have been cut down to prevent the spread of tree seeds; if left, their germination could result in woodland growth within the Heather area.

A benefactor’s donation was used to buy a wildlife recording camera and this has now been installed in a tree on Bidston Hill, its location, however, is not being publicised.

The Contractors Track on North Heath off Wilding Way has been extensively cleared and fire damaged Birch stems placed on the surface to give it some stability. Paths are also being widened on this heath to encourage walkers and create fire breaks.

During the fifteen work days, 74 volunteers spent approximately 129 hours maintaining Bidston Hill.

John Lee

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