Sunday, 1 March 2020

Habitat Maintenance: Boardstown Section 1

Townland: Marlinstown
Location: east from a clearing on the main northside path east of Boardstown Bridge, then down through a winding woodland path that leads to the canal bank behind the ruined cottage
Species: Green-veined White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood



Tasks:

1. Cut back and trample bracken, brambles, dog rose and gorse.
2. Prune tree branches and cut tree saplings (ash, blackthorn, hawthorn) on path.
3. Prune out trees to enable holly to spread. (This was done in the week before the start of the official nesting season for birds.)


Details:
Clear path of bracken, brambles, dog rose and gorse with shears or sickle.
Clear path of new tree growth. As this is the nesting season for birds, this can only involve saplings growing on the path and the ends of small branches growing onto the path.


Equipment: Long-handled shears, pruning saw, sickle, work gloves, goggles

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Habitat Maintenance: Marlinstown Section 4

Townland: Marlinstown
Location: west of Baltrasna Bridge on the canal-bank path (parallel to Section 1)
Species: Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Peacock, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood


Tasks:

1. Cut back and trample bracken, brambles, cotoneaster, dog rose and gorse.
2. Prune tree branches and cut tree saplings (ash, blackthorn, hawthorn) on path.


Details:
Clear path of bracken, brambles, cotoneaster, dog rose and gorse with shears or sickle.
Clear path of new tree growth.
The main access is down a steep wooded path opposite the Butterflies signpost.


Equipment: Long-handled shears, pruning saw, sickle, work gloves, goggles

Habitat Maintenance: Marlinstown Section 3

Townland: Marlinstown
Location: west of Baltrasna Bridge on the canal-bank path (parallel to Section 2)
Species: Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Wood White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood



Tasks:

1. Cut back and trample bracken, brambles, cotoneaster, dog rose and gorse.
2. Prune tree branches and cut tree saplings (ash, blackthorn, hawthorn) on path.


Details:
Clear path of bracken, brambles, cotoneaster, dog rose and gorse with shears or sickle.
Clear path of new tree growth.


Equipment: Long-handled shears, pruning saw, sickle, work gloves, goggles



Saturday, 18 January 2020

Habitat Maintenance: Marlinstown Section 2

Townland: Marlinstown
Location: west of Baltrasna Bridge on the high bank path north of the canal from where the path drops down to open ground as far as the ruined house
Species: Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Wood White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Silver-washed Fritillary, Speckled Wood




Tasks:

1. Cut back and trample bracken, brambles and dog rose.
2. Prune elder trees severely to encourage rejuvenation (flowering and fruiting).
3. Cut hedgerow along the path. The County Council will do this.


Details:
Clear path of bracken, brambles and dog rose with shears or sickle.
Prune branches from elder trees on either side of path.


Equipment: Long-handled shears, pruning saw, work gloves, goggles



Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Habitat Maintenance: Marlinstown Section 1

Townland: Marlinstown
Location: west of Baltrasna Bridge on the high bank north of the canal from the car park to where the path drops down to open ground
Species: Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Wood White, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Meadow Brown, Orange-tip, Ringlet, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood





Tasks:
1. Open up the south side of path to let in sunshine that will allow flowers to grow. We can do this.
2. Bring path back to treeline on the north side of the path by cutting brambles and thorns. We can do this.
3. Cut hedgerow along the path. The County Council will do this.


Details:
Clear bramble, ivy and small trees from around the Guelder Rose plants along the path. Clear competing tree growth from Guelder Rose plants on the bank between the path and the canal.
Cut branches on the south side of the path to let light in to the areas of light woodland along the path.
Cut down young ash and willow on the south side of path to improve grass habitat for small butterflies along the path.


Equipment: Long-handled shears, pruning saw, work gloves, goggles



Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Habitat Maintenance: Baltrasna Section 7

Townland: Baltrasna
Location: east of Baltrasna Bridge from the the first bug hotel to the small bridge at Clongawny
Species: Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Meadow Brown, Orange-tip, Ringlet

Tasks:
1. Clear canal bank of tree growth. This will be done by Waterways Ireland.
2. Clear grassland of tree growth and shrubs. Willow is particularly fast growing and blocks out light for flowers. We can do this.



 


 Details:
Cut bramble, ivy, willow and ash growing between the canal and the stream. Be aware that there are young trees that we have planted in recent years (if in doubt, don't cut). Please also look out for bird boxes that we have placed in trees along the path.

Equipment: Long-handled shears, pruning saw, work gloves, goggles


Thursday, 5 December 2019

Habitat Maintenance: Baltrasna Section 6

Townland: Baltrasna
Location: east of Baltrasna Bridge from the bridge to the end of the line of trees immediately before the first bug hotel.
Species: Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Meadow Brown, Orange-tip, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood

Tasks:
1. Clear canal bank of tree growth. This will be done by Waterways Ireland.
2. Clear woodside bank of tree growth, shrubs and bracken. We can do this.

 

Details:
Cut bramble, dog rose, ivy and any small trees growing between the path and the wood verge.
Snap back bracken stems; trample areas of bracken.


Equipment: Long-handled shears, pruning saw, work gloves