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2010 REPORT
Heliophilus trivittatus

POND
Some barley straw was put in the pond in the spring to help with the control of blanket weed but Colin Boyd also removed some himself. Some flote grass was left to help oxygenation. The Palmate newt population was found to be healthy. Large Red Damselflies were breeding in the summer and a surprise visitor was an immature White-legged damselfly on 23 July. Helophilus and Eristalis hoverflies were regular visitors. Although in June, the pond was full of water, by August it had dried up. This is usual for this pond. The pond warning sign was repainted in the summer.

Heliophilus trivittatus

Drainage in 2010Drainage

DRAINAGE
Drainage work took place in the field in the early spring resulting in a wide cleared area of ground. By the end of the summer this had grown over satisfactorily.

 

Tufted Vetch


WILDFLOWERS, GRASS, HEDGES, TREES

During the summer, Colin Boyd removed creeping thistle and ragwort from the grassland. The Council is also grateful to David Blowey who cut and baled the Field in mid-October.

As in 2009, the bracken was efficiently cleared from Red Barn Field on 25 July 2010 by a group of people from the Hastings Conservation Volunteers. The Council is grateful for this help.

The cessation of grazing allowed the wildflowers to increase dramatically, back to what it was like pre-grazing. There was plenty of Vetch & Tare, Trefoil and Clover, many more Ox-eye Daisies and other flowers. Yellow Rattle and others were introduced. On 23 August 2010, the Hastings Botany Group carried out a plant survey and recorded 140 species including trees grasses. This group is dedicated to studying the flora of Hastings and the surrounding area. The group organises lectures, identification classes and field trips. They plan to return to do a further survey in June 2011.

SURVEYS
On 14 August 2010, members of the public were invited to attend the early morning opening of a moth trap. More than forty different species were seen. The Council is grateful to Chris Bentley, Warden of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, for his help..

Colin Boyd continued to maintain species lists for hoverflies, bugs, beetles, etc, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, crickets, reptiles and amphibians. See individual pages for more information.

REPAIRS
The Council is grateful to Ralph Dellow for carrying out the difficult repair of the top gate. It was decided by the Council that the wooden "lectern" just inside the gate from the village hall should be removed and that the information panel would be placed on the notice board. The lectern was removed by Red Glew and the panel placed on the board by John Bartholomew early in 2011.

Mrs P Raymond
Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer, Sedlescombe Parish Council
01424 870508, sedlescombe@freezone.co.uk, www.sedlescombe.org.uk