University Students get Digging at Mead
Two second year students from the University of Nottingham, Tilly and Lewis, have just completed 5 weeks of work experience with me and Emily Moore at the Young People’s Forest, Mead, they spent two days a week with us and during that period and were set the task of developing and delivering a project to create wetland scrapes. This is in an interesting area of the site where we recently constructed three wildflower / butterfly banks from spoil left over from the access road build on site.
They undertook a variety of activities on site which included –
- Learning how to accurately map the existing features in the area in question on the ground.
- Speaking to local conservation and wildlife experts including our own Darren Moorcroft and Ruth Hyde.
- Developing a plan for the location, shape etc. of the scrapes on site.
- Laying felt mats for reptile monitoring and learning how to carry out a butterfly transect.
- Pond dipping existing ponds to investigate what aquatic life was present.
- Consulting with and taking part in tasks with the Young Peoples Forum at YPF Mead.
- Updating and monitoring site management plans.
- Physically constructing the new wet scrapes themselves and through the management of contractors on site,
- They also spread additional wildflower seed as part of this week.
Both Tilly and Lewis got a lot out of the placement and it was good for us to support them in their work experience and get a fantastic new habitat as a result!
If you would like any more information please contact – Chris Williams, Site Manager, Mead Young Peoples Forest
Paul Bunton – North Communications and Engagement Manager