Community News: Make A Difference for People and Nature by Therfield Heath and Greens

By the time you read this, we will have had our annual elections, a big volunteer group from Capel Manor clear scrub on the Rifle Butts and a joint venture with Royston Golf Club.

Volunteers assisted the Golf Club to clear Sycamore, Hawthorn and Bramble from Church Hill. With the winter months almost behind us we start to see good weather finally arriving, that means everything starts to grow. The Heath and Greens are starting to dry out and the well-worn grass will start to regrow with vigour.

The annual messages and signs about ground nesting birds are out and the wonderful purple Pasque flowers should be appearing in the coming weeks on Church Hill. Please be aware of the signs and lines to direct you that will help you to negotiate the site.

Skylark – singing on Therfield Heath SSSI – Photographed 14 March 2020.

Skylarks and Meadow Pipits are red listed birds and they are already in abundance, so please give them space and don’t disturb them, particularly if you have a spaniel breed which likes to quarter. The areas marked red on the map are high density and where we have signage.

As always everyone is welcome to take photos of the Pasque flowers however please leave the actual plants alone. Pasque flowers are now an exceedingly rare sight and found only in a handful of places in the UK – Therfield Heath being one of the largest and best. The flowers grow on the well-drained slopes of the Heath – right on top of the chalk bed in the short grass. Keep an eye out for them as they are an impressive sight when they bloom.

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