Looking after our Nature Reserves

There was a good turn-out of villagers on 17th February to join Buriton’s popular Chalk Pits Ranger, Joe Williams, for a short conservation task morning.

There was the enticement of tea, coffee and cake as well as the knowledge that a couple of hours work brings benefits for the flora and fauna.

As Joe explains: “The Chalk Pits has some wonderful flowers, which are conserved through practical conservation efforts which would not be possible without local support.

“The work done in the winter months (including clearing some scrub and undertaking some maintenance of paths) can then be seen through the spring, summer and autumn.

“Much of our work helps to continue the cycle of life: flowers are a vital part of that, supporting a complicated and beautiful range of wildlife, from slow worms to foxes, bats to bees.”

“The Chalk Pits Nature Reserve has a wonderfully diverse range of species and provide a beautiful oasis: a testament to nature’s ability to reclaim an area from the hard industry of quarrying and lime-burning to a reserve that punches well above its weight.”

This was the second of three task mornings in the first few months of 2018.

The third and final session is on Saturday 10th March and volunteers are encouraged to come along to the small quarry pit area (along the path from the old chalk wagon) – even if just for an hour or so between 10am and 1pm. Tea, coffee and cake will be available as usual!