Calling all botanists out there!
Delphine Hoyle who has been Moor Green Lakes Plant Recorder since the beginning of the Reserve and has decided the time is right to step down. The Group therefore needs a replacement.
The surveying has evolved over the years. In the early years Delphine and others surveyed around Colebrook lakes at the end of the bird nesting season. However, it was felt that a quantitative survey of the grassed areas would give a more useful measure of the changes in plant communities and hence a guide for future management. Since 1997, an annual survey of 10 random samples (1 Sq. meter) were taken, 5 on the north shore and 5 on the south shore of Colebrook Lake North. In each of the samples the species present were quantified on the basis of frequency and occurrence and abundance. In 2005, a separate survey of the grasses in the sample squares was carried out. In addition, surveys of the coppiced woodland next to Colebrook Cut and ?Corner Wood? were carried out in 2005 and 2006. Results are published in our annual reports to members. Delphine wishes to thank all those who helped her with these surveys over the years.
A full explanation of the procedures will be given by Delphine to the new Recorder for the Reserve. We would appreciate someone coming forward to help with this. It is an opportunity to give something back to a nature reserve where we all enjoy nature in a lovely setting. If you want to know more please contact Peter Scott on 01252 878205 or email email@example.com. Delphine will be glad to pass on the benefit of her experience.
Colin Wilson –