This is an area of grassland which was part of the Island’s Million Blooms initiative, where rare flora and fauna were lost during some landscape planting. Working with our friends at the Green Gym we set about controlling the scrub to improve the amount of light reaching the site; re-planting some mahonia’s (which survived the landscaping) and protecting them from rabbit predation with a wire fence; and also fencing off other small areas to protect the natural flora and fauna which it is hoped will re-grove on the site.
In addition, we commissioned the fantastic Hare from an old tree stump. The hare had a bit of a ‘holiday’ when it was chainsawed off by a thief, but eventually found its way home and was reattached. We worked with the Parish Council of Arreton to create a biodiversity map, showing all areas of high biodiversity value to ensure their future safety.
Hare image courtesy of The Rangers Blog