• Meadow Lodge Wetland Project

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    In July 2016 with the kind agreement of the landowner, a joint MAVES and SDNPA working group visited the site to assess possible volunteer action to conserve and enhance its already impressive wildlife value.

    Flora seen included gipsywort and water forget-me-not, and butterflies included comma, silver washed fritillary, large and small white, red admiral, meadow brown.  The combination of sallows and tall oaks makes this a likely breeding spot for Purple Emperor.  There is a large pond with scalloped edges, adjacent to a watercourse leading in to reed beds suitable for reed buntings and warblers.

    Invasive non native species were also found: parrot-feather, and montbretia.  The pond is also somewhat over-shaded so its potential for wildlife could be increased by reducing this.  An action plan was drawn up by National Park Ranger Sam Buckland, and can be viewed here.

    The plan was carried out in August/September 2016: parrot feather weed was removed, and willows cut back to let more light in to the pond.