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We have our next Work Party next Sunday 29th October at 10am. I will confirm what we hope to be doing during next week. In the meantime, I would be grateful if you could let me know if you can attend and, should you be parking your vehicle in Tesco car park, your vehicle registration. Many thanks.
If you are
coming along a spade and shovel may also be useful…
Help! – our brush cutter/strimmer has packed up at a rather
inconvenient time – if anyone has one available that they can bring along,
please let me know.
The next three mini-work parties will be on 31st May, 14th and 28th June. Cutting back vegetation and litter picking will be the order of the day. Please let us know if you wish to help on any of these days. Thank you.
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May 22nd 2023
17th May 2023
We had a low key work party on the Reserve (we are adopting the name Ironworks Meadow going forward) this morning, 17th May, for which I would like to thank Dave Webb, Maisie Pearson, William, Kai, Becca and Calli for their help. We carried out some litter picking and cut back where the rapidly developing vegetation was threatening to grow across footpaths, something which will be a constant battle over the summer with such a damp spring. Patrick Ellum was also carrying out some strimming.
The trouble with management work on the Reserve at this time of year is the distractions! A brightly coloured metallic weevil in the Blackthorn turned out to be Rhyncites auratus at only its fifth* UK site (all in Essex just north of the Blackwater estuary). We also found the much commoner Cantharis rustica plus a couple of other beetles not yet identified.
As well as Red and Black Froghopper Cercopis vulnerata the only other bug we say was Bishop’s Mitre Bug Aelia acuminata.
We also saw a couple of fairly freshly emerged Scarce Chaser dragonfly and Blue-tailed Damselfly but they were rather too quick for the camera…
Butterflies were thin on the ground, with the odd Orange-tip, a Peacock and a couple of Holly Blue all that was seen whilst a couple of moths were noted, Sharp-winged Drill Dicrorampha acuminatana and Hedge Tortrix Isotrias rectifasciana..
Flowers are responding to the clearing of the west end, with a profusion of Field Forget-me-knot, as well as a few Changing Forget-me-not, Spotted Medick, Corn Salad, Greater Stitchwort and Common Vetch to name but a very few.
And not forgetting the birds, 3-4 Reed Warbler a couple of Whitethroat, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Reed Bunting were singing from the reed bed, whilst probably four Song Thrush were singing from various points around the Reserve. Finally, a Kestrel was noted sitting on the wires crossing the site devouring a vole of some sort.
*subject to confirmation
April 18th 2023
April 12th 2023
With the spring/summer here and the potential for birds to be breeding, we must stop our full-scale work party meetings. The only works we can carry out during the coming months will be to clear vegetation back from paths, remove suckers and saplings from areas that have been cleared of vegetation and carry out litter picking.
I have been watching the speed of vegetation growth and given that it has been a rather cool spring so far, nothing is really siginficantly advanced to merit any work yet and thankfully litter has so far been minimal.
I therefore propose to start small work parties comprising no more than 3-4 people, on the Wednesday mornings from 09:30 for 2-3 hours with the first three on 3rd, 17th and 31st May.
Please let me know if you would like to help on any of those dates…
April the 8th 2023
November 28th 2022
October 30th 2022
We had a lovely working party along today and did some very good work, clearing the shrub and thorn bushes along the dyke along the side of the reserve. This will become a wildlife haven.
Video of the wildlife haven clearance https://www.facebook.com/686188071/videos/821952642454309/
Exclusive video of a walk on the new walkway is here https://www.facebook.com/686188071/videos/1312458772926694/
More details on the next working party will follow shortly.
October 15th 2022
We are pleased to report that work on the walkways and
bridge is starting next week and is expected to take 2-3 weeks. So don’t be
alarmed to see some heavy machinery at the Tesco end of the Reserve.
This is a significant step in the plans for the
Reserve and thanks to all for the support we have received to enable us to
October 10th 2022
We have sent out the latest share holders newsletter with all the updates since January, and there have been a lot! Please check your emails for the newsletter. To become a shareholder, visit this page.
These new signs have also been erected on the site and is shown above – sorry for the low resolution picture, we will update it soon.
We have also posted the newest working party update as well which will be on Sunday 30th October 2022 at 10.00am. More
details will follow in due course. Watch the facebook page for more information.
2nd October 2022 –
Thanks to everyone who came along and helped at the first Work Party of the season yesterday. Further careful removal of Blackthorn and Bramble, that has been taking over the areas of grassland, took place and we certainly made an impression. Blackthorn saplings will continue to try and regrow so controlling this going forward will be a regular management item.
Whislt carrying out the work we had a couple of Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel overhead whilst a couple of House Martin and six Swallow were a reminder that summer is just about clinging on – it was a glorious day. In the reed bed there was a Cetti’s Warbler and a Blackcap whilst early on an enthusiastic Chiffchaff was signing. A Kingfisher was also seen as the last attendees left late afternoon. A Southern Oak Bush-cricket was found during the morning. This is a relatively new arrival in the south of England, first being noted in 2001. This is one of a small handful noted around Maldon
Early reminder. The next work party will take place on Sunday 30th October 2022 at 10.00am.
January 27th 2022
Well, it’s a massive day for the CIC. Today, we finally completed and are now the full custodians of the Chelmer Blackwater Reserve!
This is a massive achievement and I must thank the entire directorship, especially Patrick, for the hard work that has gone on for the last year. Full report to follow.
January 8th 2022
We have signed the lease!
Welcome to the Chelmer Blackwater Reserve website. This land has been saved from development and our non-profit community interest company aims to manage and improve it as a wildlife reserve with public access.
The site, known locally as the Ironworks Meadow, has historical significance to Maldon and parts have been undisturbed for decades, making it a perfect location for the creation of a nature reserve. A great variety of species of birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals frequent the site, as well as many invertebrates.
We have some grand plans for the site over the coming years and require YOUR help. We are looking for volunteers to help on work days and with management roles as well as financial support from both businesses and individuals.
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