Bristol CC Outdoor Education Centre situated in the village of Parkend in The Forest of Dean

Tuesday 9 July 2013

Summer is here

Summer is definitely here with temperatures up to 29 degrees Centigrade today. The Pond Cabin Laboratory is hidden in the foilage and staying nice and cool over the pond.

The dragonflies are darting about the pond reeds.

The wild flower meadow on the roof of the Dean Garden Room is wafting gently in the breeze and attracting it's own collection of insect life.

There are many different varieties of wild flower growing. The grass will soon need a cut and we will then let it lie like hay on the roof to allow any wild flower seeds to disperse before then clearing the grass off. Removing the grass prevents too much nutrient build up in what should be a fairly poor soil. Cutting the grass a couple of times replicates grazing and prevents the grass out competing the wild flowers.

The living roof of the roundhouse is also looking good but we don't plan to cut it.

A wren has made a nest in the outside of the wall under the eaves. See red circle on photo below. 4 chicks are busily being fed by the parents and look about to fledge.

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