November volunteer activity

Sunday 3rd November – Noirmont Common – 10.30am to 13.00pm

Tackle the scrub advancing onto the small patch of Common toadflax.

From Jersey Conservation Volunteers

November’s Volunteer task will be on the first Sunday of the month rather than the normal second Sunday. This is to avoid the clash with Remembrance Sunday.

Vounteers at Noirmont. Photo by National Trust for Jersey

Meet at Noirmont Common SSI car park at the end of the headland (Jersey phone directory map 7, D5, at the southern end of Chemin de Noirmont). Please let us know if you need further directions

Noirmont Common is a Site of Special Interest on the south-west coast. Our regular volunteers will know it quite well!

Common toadflax. Photo by Alistair BaxterCommon toadflax Linaria vulgaris is a Biodiversity Action Plan Species with a ‘locally scarce’ status. It’s habitat is grassy banks and fields and, therefore, one of the reasons behind this species’ decline in recent years is harsh branchage methods, cutting before the plant has finished flowering, and not removing the cut vegetation. There is a small but thriving area of common toadflax at Noirmont which we are trying to encourage to spread; however, we need to tackle the relentless march of scrub which surrounds the patch and threatens it.

As always, some tools will be supplied, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have them. Cutting tools such as sickles, secateurs and loppers will all be useful as well as rakes.

Good thick gloves (though again we will supply a pair if you don’t have them), sturdy boots and common sense clothes to cope with the elements are recommended.

Children are welcome to attend this task as long as they are directly supervised by a parent or guardian.

Kim ‘the cake’ Koester will be on hand to dish out coffee/tea and cake at the end of the task.

Hope you can make it!

Latest news….Jersey Conservation Volunteers now have a Facebook page where you can keep up with the latest news and events, and post photos from the tasks (many thanks to the National Trust’s Sally for setting it up). Please visit and ‘like’ them at https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=309170622555799

Common toadflax. Photo by Sally Dalman

 

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