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December 2015

posted 25 Dec 2015, 04:11 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 25 Dec 2015, 04:40 ]
earth tongue

Well, we are certainly finishing the year on a high note! We have just heard, from Natural England that we have been awarded a five year grant under the new high tier Countryside Stewardship scheme. This will allow us to help conserve Pipe Green as meadowland, under the guidance of ecologists from Natural England. It is fantastic news and it is rewarding to know that the professional ecologists view Pipe Green as an important meadowland site. This has been illustrated this month by the discovery of some very interesting fungi, known as earth tongues. These are rather weird looking fungi and look a bit like snake's heads - they are however only 2 cm tall and don't bite! I was delighted to find them as, along with waxcaps, they are important indicator species of unimproved meadowland.

sunrise

Finally, just to wish all our members and supporters a Happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you for all your suport over the 2015 and we look forward to an exciting 2016!