Posted by: lensweb | April 17, 2016

Fabulous Fun at Forbes

Fabulous Fun at Forbes

Who would think we would have such fabulous fun seed planting at Forbes Hole?

Intrepid seed planters were not put off by heavy hail and soon the sun came out and we set to: Raking and hoeing and digging preparing the soil for seed planting. We were very fortunate to have received native wildflowers from Kew’s Lottery funded community project. Our aim was for each person to clear a 2m by 1m area of ground to sow a packet of wildflower seeds, carefully diluted with dry sand to make even sowing easier. You have never seen so much industry as ivy and brambles were removed, the willow being more of a problem. The fine tilth of the dredged bank was full of fascinating shells such as swan mussels, and made an ideal seed sowing medium. The children were very enthusiastic seed sowers and rakers.

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We cleared a large strip either side of the steps to the pond and now can’t wait to see the flowers in the summer.

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The children went pond dipping, led by Alison Bryce, they discovered frog spawn and smooth newts. The litter pick (Ady and Marion) did not take too long as we were pleased to find the site was reasonably litter free.  Ady saw a large pike, it was THAT BIG.

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It was lovely to see 9 jet black moorhen chicks. Although we did not see the 3 terrapins which had been reported the previous day, it is worth looking out for them on future visits.

Finishing off with a stone skimming competition, the children were reluctant to go home but it was time for everyone to have a well earned rest.


Marion Bryce 17 April 2016

Forbes Hole is a Local Nature Reserve, owned and managed by Erewash Borough Council on behalf of the local community. This event was organised by LENS Wildlife Group with the Friends of Forbes Hole.

Coming Soon

LENS with the Friends of Forbes Hole – Bat Walk

Find out what flies at Forbes Hole!

Date Saturday 14 September

Time 7.00pm-9.00pm

Meet Forbes Hole NG10 1FX

Fields Farm Road Long Eaton

Leader Ady Orrell

It will be dark. Dress warmly and bring a torch



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