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Researcher and practioner in matters relating to egovernment, government ICT and their approach to the citizen.

Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 10th September 2017

Fortunately for us the weather was not as bad as the forecast had warned, apart from a very short, light shower early on. So, thanks to Simon and Isaac, Annie, Helen, Pete, Ron and Mick we started off by scattering … Continue reading

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Anyone seen a Little Owl around Rawcliffe Meadows?

Our ecologist Martin reports that for the second time, what’s almost certainly a Little Owl pellet has been found on a gatepost in the Cornfield. Characteristically, it’s full of beetle wing cases. However, as far as we know, no-one has … Continue reading

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The Ups and Downs of Tansy Beetle Numbers at Rawcliffe Meadows (Revised August 2017)

The Pond at Rawcliffe Meadows was excavated in May 1991, and the mounds and funnel that surround it were created from the spoil. Although Tansy Beetles had been seen along the Ings Dyke, that runs between Rawcliffe Meadows and Clifton … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 27th August 2017 – the Bee Bank

Despite it being a Bank Holiday Sunday the weather was great and there were four of us, Julie and Mark, along with new helper Annie, and Mick. The idea was to clear around the bee bank that was a little … Continue reading

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The Boys are Back in Town – Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 3rd August 2017

Yes, the boys are back in town – Lammas grazing time already! So we have 27 bullocks meandering around the site. The reasons why the site is grazed are explained in this blog. Thursday was the last evening work party … Continue reading

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Report on the Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 20th July by the Pond

A small group again (just Judi, Pete, Helen, Masha and Mick) but a sunny evening after the rain. It may seem ludicrous to some but protecting the tansy plants from competing vegetation has helped the Tansy Beetle population enormously. The … Continue reading

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Report on the Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 9th July 2017

Again there were only four of us – Judi, Pete, Julie and Mick but we cleared around the tansy on the bank of New Meadow, near the cattle grid and under the interpretation board. The sward is improving all the … Continue reading

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