Friday, 22 September 2017

Standlake Common Meadow – May to August

Early May

There is approximately 6 hectares of grassland at Standlake Common Nature Reserve, the majority of which is along the Southern shore of the lake.

Early June
The meadow supports a diverse range of invertebrates and birds throughout Spring and Summer.

Late June
The site is at it’s most colourful with an array of wild flowers.

Late July
The area is managed as a hay meadow with a hay cut taken in late July/August and grazing by sheep in Autumn. The hay is baled and taken off site after cutting to remove nutrients. If left on site, less desirable grass species and weeds would begin to dominate.

Late August (After Hay Cut)

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Wetland Wildlife Family Day at Rushy Common and Tar Lakes

Thursday 1st June, 11am – 3pm

Come and discover the wildlife of Rushy Common and Tar Lakes – there will be pond dipping, a bird hide to explore and lots of other activities to keep you busy.  Picnic’s welcome.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

More information:

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Clean Water for Wildlife Survey 2017

This year we’ve been taking part in the Clean Water for Wildlife survey again, testing for nutrient pollution in as many water bodies as possible across the Lower Windrush Valley.

We’re aiming to increase awareness of nutrient pollution, get a ‘snapshot’ of water quality across the Lower Windrush Valley and contribute the results to the Freshwater Habitats Trust national database.

One of the ponds tested at Standlake common Nature Reserve

With such a dry year and testing taking place a little later than last year we’ve had lots of volunteers reporting dry ponds! We’ve still managed to test the majority of last year’s sites, with a few additions.
Results are being collated at the moment and will be shared soon.

1st Standlake Brownies visited Rushy Common and took part in the water testing at Tar Lakes
One of the groups of Brownies testing the Hardwick Brook at Tar Lakes

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

New Kestrel Nest Box at Standlake Common

As many of the regular Standlake Common bird hide visitors will know, the Kestrel nest box has been in need of replacement for some time.

I am happy to say that we installed a new box this morning with the help of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks. Photos below...

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hedgelaying at Standlake Common

We’ve had a busy year at Standlake Common including the reed removal works in September and coppicing with the LWVP volunteers in Autumn. Most recently, we have just completed 200 metres of hedgelaying along the Southern shore of the lake.


A section of the hedgerow before being laid

Left unmanaged, a hedgerow like this will continue to grow upwards and will likely develop gaps. Hedgelaying is a technique used to manage hedgerows by cutting and bending stems over at an angle and then securing with stakes and binders. The outcome is a living stock proof boundary that provides a haven for wildlife.  


The hedge after being laid

A section of the finished hedge