Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Blue Job

Although I took these at TMR this morning, I have seen a few around in NE Calderdale this last week or so e.g Cold Edge. Funnily enough though they weren't present this arternoon.


AndyC said...

Common Blue on the food plant Birds foot trefoil...I reckon

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Common Blue was in decline at CB in recent years due to the lack of habitat management. The meadow has not been cut since the FoCB stopped paying for it and the orginal lower site surface on Tag cut loop left during landfill is also becoming overgrown with coarse vegetation thus killing off Birds foot and Greater Birds foot trefoil the major larval foodplants.

As you attended the recent CB meeting can you comfirm that getting the meadow cut and come removal of coarse vegetation is to be undertaken ? Its only a matter of strimming the coarse stuff and rmeoving saplings and getting the local farmer to cut the meadow for free (he keeps the hay). The FoCB used to cut the meadow annually in late summer and have winter/ early spring work parties to remove saplings and coarse vegetation. The ponds on site also needed some urgent clearance work last time I looked. Many are now getting well overgrown with vegetation since the FoCB stopped active management of the site and left it to the council. As more species of Odonata have been recorded at CB than any other site in Calderdale it seems to me that its a barometer of the Countryside Units will to actually manage the sites they are supposed to look after.

On the topic of the meeting itself; I have had two emails from people attending who reckon its the same old story from the Countryside Unit. No money available for any work on the site. Both people reckon its the usual council crap, they talk the talk but as usual don't walk the walk :-((

AndyC said...

yep same old same old.I just enjoyed the walk round. I was on the meadow last night and it was alive with stuff.Narrow B 5 spot burnet must have numbered 3000+Silver Y's ,Blackneck(3)Shaded Broad Bar (6+),latticed Heath,+laods of meadow Brown and only a few common Blues,but trefoil in abundance,