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17 November 2009

This shows part of the corridor we are about to create. The ruin on the left of the picture is an original part of the old steel works which filled this valley.



Grid Ref SO588087

We were assigned the task of clearing a corridor through the trees so that the butterflies could travel through. The land joins up with Gorsty Knoll at the top of the hill and many Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries were seen there this summer so we are hoping the new corridor will entice them down to the streams at Milkwall. This area has been surveyed by the Butterfly Conservation Society and one of there project managers was with us for the day.


Steel works


Grass snake

Grass snakes (Natrix natrix)

The grass snake is Britain's largest snake, large individuals can be over a metre long. The grass snake has a green back and pale belly, with black bars along the flanks and a collar of yellow or white, edged with black, which almost encircles the neck. River banks, ponds and ditches are their preferred habitats, although they will also make a home of hedgerows, meadows and woodland margins. Grass snakes are equally happy on land and in water

Two grass snakes were seen in Milkwall this summer for the first time in some years so we are hoping that they are breeding here.





This stream was totally smothered and clogged up. It is now flowing freely.






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