Flowers So Far and Road Verges Again

Diary of Natural Environment In and Around Wimpole

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Over the past 5+ years there’s been a steady positive change in the numbers of different wild flowers on Wimpole Estate. Far too many to have all of the photos in this blog.
There are several reasons why this change has occurred, the arable farm at Wimpole has changed from what is currently referred to as “conventional” farming to an organic system ( to me this should be called conventional farming ) and the current main farming method, should be known as “chemical” farming.
The arable farm is now in various agreements to leave 6 metre field margins, rough areas in the middle of arable fields, difficult and wet areas being left fallow.
Hay fields are left to seed until the first or second week in July before being cut. All this to encourage flowers hence insects, birds and small mammals
The warden staff and volunteers have been busy…

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About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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