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Volunteers construct a new beetle loggery

On Saturday 22nd May 2010, a joint workday was held at Cherry Tree Wood involving Friends of CTW, Barnet Green Spaces staff and volunteers from CSV – GO London. GO London is part of Community Service Volunteers, a nationwide charity that supports many different types of volunteering. GO London organises weekend volunteering events across London , in nature reserves, community centres and schools.

The main objective of the day was to clear the fenced-off area next to the play-park of brambles which had been preventing young tree saplings from growing and establishing a new under-storey. Staff from Barnet Green Spaces took down the dilapidated chestnut fencing from around the site and volunteers replaced part of this with dead hedging (two lines of posts filled with bramble cuttings). Tracy Sawyer, Barnet Green Spaces Manager and three park-keepers cleared a large patch of brambles outside this area to allow other fauna to thrive. Volunteers also cleared litter from the wood and pulled up invasive Small Balsam (Impatiens parviflora) plants.

Finally we constructed a large beetle loggery, the second one in the wood. This was made up of approximately 30 logs placed vertically to simulate a rotten tree stump which is the Beetle`s preferred egg-laying site.  Beetle larvae feed on rotten wood for up to 7 years before developing into the adult beetle. Loggeries also provide a great habitat for many different types of fungi and invertebrates.

Here are some photos of our volunteers hard at work, and the magnificent finished loggery. Lets hope they enjoy their new home !

Stag beetle loggery workday volunteers 1Stag beetle loggery workday volunteers 2

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