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MIDDLETON DOWN TO GET 'MAKEOVERS'
MIDDLETON Down, a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve within the Cranborne Chase AONB, will be a hive of activity at times during 2018 as Salisbury Wildlife Group will be undertaking various conservation tasks, including scrub control and ragwort pulling.
“Middleton Down is a spectacular chalk downland nature reserve. In the summer it’s a blaze of meadow flowers, butterflies and bees,” says Salisbury Wildlife Group’s volunteer leader Alex Howson. “In February volunteers attending will have the chance to join up with others from the Salisbury Wildlife Group to clear encroaching scrub and give the flowers room to show off later in the season. Later in the year clearing ragwort gives an excellent excuse to spend a few hours on a beautiful nature reserve.”
The conservation events at Middleton Down will be held at on the following dates:
- Sunday 18 February, 10am-3pm – scrub control
- Thursday 17 June, 10am-3pm – ragwort pulling
- Sunday 21 June, 10am-3pm – ragwort pulling
No previous conservation experience is necessary. Salisbury Wildlife Group provides tea, coffee and biscuits. Meet at 10am in All Saints Church car park in Broad Chalk for all events. Grid reference: SU 040-253; nearest post code SP5 5EJ.
As a result of the work at Middleton Down and other wildlife sites around Salisbury and South Wiltshire, the trust is looking to expand its band of volunteers. If you are interested contact Mike d'Apice; tel: 01980 863529. You can also find the group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salisburywildlifegroup/