The Rawcliffe Meadows work party on Sunday 11th June 2017 started at 10:30 on the banks of the New Meadow. The plan had been to manage vegetation competing with the tansy plants but this was taken a stage further in that some of the plants had started to brown off and were clearly hosts to a lot of black-fly. On this basis a decision was made to cut into the clumps that were affected but as Tansy Beetles were still active, leave the cuttings. There were only three off us (Judi, Mitch and Mick) so Judi and Mitch did the finer work whilst Mick cut back the Himalayan Balsam, hogweed and creeping thistle that were there, by the cattle grid, on the Reservoir Basin bank and along the southern bank of Blue Beck. A solitary Tansy Beetle was spotted on the plants near the cattle grid but none along Blue Beck unfortunately, although the plants there are doing well finally.
A very dark Tansy Beetle was on one of the New Meadow plants.
The next work party is on Thursday 22nd June at 6:30 by the Pond, tending to the tansy plants there and along the Ings Dyke, and (if we have enough volunteers) clearing a way into the Cricket Field Copse.