On a decidedly wet and seriously muddy Saturday morning, four intrepid Balsam bashers – two from the Monday Group and two regulars from a local Rotary Club – met at Dore and Totley Station for our annual assault on the alien species that attempt to infiltrate Ladies Spring Wood along the banks of the River Sheaf. A recce during the previous week had shown a smaller number of Himalayan Balsam plants than expected, at various stages of development, with some already well into flowering. Unfortunately, a small colony was also spotted below the weir, an area that had previously had
A good turnout of Sorby members, under the leadership of Jim Horsfall, arrived at 2.00 pm on Sunday 9th July to carry out the survey. They were met at the gate by the BEG Chair who passed on a copy of the results of a BEG botanical survey carried out some years ago. Unfortunately the gate had not been unlocked, contrary to what they had been told, so everyone had to climb over the gate. There was an excellent view of a buzzard flying fairly low above. On the positive side we were emailed a draft copy of most of
There was a very good turnout for our evening visit to Beauchief Hall Gardens. We assembled in the fountain garden at 7.00 pm and were warmly welcomed by the Hall’s residents, Hora and Amin. Accompanied by Hora, we enjoyed touring the various parts of the very large garden which contained lovely flower beds and extensive lawns. Several of us had the opportunity of hand feeding the deer which came to the fence and quickly gobbled up a whole bowl of large slices of melon peel. It was lovely to see the fawns in the distance. Hora and Amin had set
The weather forecast for our event threatened heavy rain in the afternoon. Not to be deterred, people came along and met up at the Abbey. Members of the Monday Group had planned to demonstrate two projects close to the Abbey; dry stone walling and installing a new bench by the middle pond. This required transporting a very heavy oak bench to the middle pond and replacing the rotted seat, which could have been there 20+ years. The Abbey was open for visitors and quite a number of people came during the afternoon. Tea,
Earlier in 2022 It was decided that Beauchief Environment Group should plant a tree to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth IISadly she passed away during her jubilee year.The Council has donated the tree, a Field Maple, which will be brought along and planted by the Council Forestry Team with the assistance of members of the Monday Working Group. Meet: 11.00 am at the Beauchief Nature Park meadow to celebrate the event.
A small group met up at Beauchief Abbey for our walk through the area to take in the colours and atmosphere of autumn. It had rained heavily in the morning and by afternoon it was dry and really quite foggy, but this added a mysterious feel to the landscape. We walked up Beauchief Drive and noticed that a few plants were still flowering along the hedge bottoms, and then on to Gulleys Wood Meadow where we hoped to find some fungi fruiting, notably waxcaps, where they had occurred many times in the past. Sadly, we couldn’t find any. We then followed
As we had not been able to have the Annual General Meetings as normal during the last couple of years, it had not been possible to show the photographs of working sessions and wildlife which had been sent in by members. It was decided to have a social get-together to show these photos and enjoy each other’s company. Diana had collated the many photos sent in during 2020 and 2021, mostly of the working sessions, but also some lovely and exceptional wildlife ones too. She also showed some photos from previous years reminding us of some of the projects we
Saturday 10 September 2022 Bradway Action Group Fun Day This event will be held again this year. BEG will organise a small display table with membership forms and newsletters. Saturday 8 October 2022 (may be subject to change) Evening Social Meeting An evening to meet up with other members and see photos of the working mornings, various projects and wildlife which we have not been able to show due to the pandemic. Meet: Greenhill Library. Time: 19.00 am. Saturday 29 October 2022 Autumn Walk Meet: Beauchief Abbey. Time: 14.00 am.
Sunday 10 July 2022 On Sunday 10 July, Diana Holland (Chair of BEG) and myself completed a botanical survey of Gulley’s Meadow. Armed with a clip board with pen and paper and a flora to identify the species of plants we would come across, we set out along the left side of the meadow running parallel to the woods. It soon became apparent that many if not all species of plant had been affected by a relative lack of precipitation – visible signs such as shrivelled leaves and discoloration of the grasses. It was clear that the drought had particularly