Wildlife Gardening and Nature Walk
Pikelow Farm, School Lane, Marton, SK11 9HD.
Sunday 9th September 2012

Wildlife Gardening and Nature Walk


Wildlife Explorers spent a morning in glorious sunshine at Pikelow Farm in Marton.


The first part of our session was spent tending the
Wildlife Garden that we established at the
Macclesfield RSPB's WOW event just one year ago.

We cleared away nettles, thistles and dead grass.

Then we carefully collected seed heads from the
wildflowers thriving by the pond.


Phoenix members put in lots of hard (and dirty) work to clear an area of rough grass



 
And we all had fun sowing wildflower seeds.

 
We also took the opportunity to refurbish our Hibernation Hotel. We recycled sticks, old pipes, rafia, straw, old tiles and corrrugated cardboard that we had collected to make homes for over-wintering minibeasts.

 
After some well-earned refreshments we set off on a nature walk. We saw birds at the feeders including great tits, blue tits and nuthatches, whilst swallows and house martins flew overhead.

 
The sunshine brought out lots of butterflies and dragonflies
including a male Brown Hawker that posed beautifully for photographs.



The group discovered
a family of baby voles
under one of the tin refuges.


 
We shook some trees to collect the invertebrates living there
and found aphids, spiders, springtails, flower bugs and lots of harvestmen.

   
As well as helping us identify the wide range of wildflowers that were growing around the pond Frankie explained lots about the uses of various plants as we walked round the farm.

   
We saw elderberries, sloes on the blackthorn, burdock and blackberries on the brambles.



Nature Walk Species List
Alder
Aphid
Blue tit
Ash
Birch Beetle
Carrion Crow
Aspen
Brown Hawker
Chaffinch
Beech
Centipede
Coal tit
Blackthorn
Dragonfly sp
Coot
Burdock
Earthworm
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Corncockle
Earwig
Great tit
Cornflower
Flower bug
Greenfinch
Dock
Garden snail
Herring Gull
Dog Rose
Harvestman
House Martin
Elder
Herald  Moth
Mallard
Flag Iris
Meadow bug
Moorhen
Foxglove
Red Admiral
Mute swan
Great Willowherb
Shield Bug
Nuthatch
Guelder rose
Slug
Pheasant
Hawthorn
Speckled Wood
Rook
Hemlock
Spider
Swallow
Holly
Trout (jumping)
Knapweed
Voles (6 young)
Mallow
Nettle
Oak
Ox-eye daisy
Purple Loosestrife
Ragwort
Reed Mace
Rhododendron
Rosebay Willowherb
Rowan
Silver Birch
Spangle galls (on Oak)
Teasel
Thistle




A special Thank you to David and Ann Taylor
for their permission to use this wonderful venue and extend our wildlife garden.