Walking Mercia Marina – May 2012
This Marina walk was put together by David Boddy for the LENS visit in May but would be useful for anyone doing a self-guided walk or wanting to show visitors the work that has been done over the last few years.
- A Sedum carpet was planted on the roof of Chandlery
- Walnut trees planted in shrubbery behind Chandlery
- Semi-mature trees transplanted into South Field to screen power station. Trees from Woodland Trust were planted between the lake and existing planting by the Wildlife Volunteers. The lake has various types of margins including beaches. Otter Holts have been built this spring and a habitat pile constructed.
- A row of Prunus Sargentii have been planted to give some early colour in front of the zigzag bank. Wildflower seeding and native bulb planting is being considered for the zigzag bank as is a path through the native planting on the top.
- Along the edges of the first promontory are various nesting birds.
- By the Facilities’ Block Portugal Laurels and JC Van Tol Hollies have been planted for screening. The leaves provide wax for bees and the holly berries attract blackbirds. The Pyrus Chanticleer are planted to make a screen. Some fruit trees have been planted on the island for the benefit of moorers and wildlife. We have planted two basic mixes of whips – Waterside and Woodland. The former are on the banks and promontories, and the latter are on the level areas away from the water.
- In front of Cedar Lodge a pair of Koelreuteria paniculata (Goldenrain-Tree) have been planted. By Rowan Lodge a patch of grass is not being mown to demonstrate the existing flora. From the native planting where further lodges (Nos. 14 to 18) we have transplanted suitable specimens into the South Field and around the Marina. Bluebell Wood has willows, poplars, and alders. A habitat pile has been built.
- At the NE corner of the Marina is a wildlife corridor to give access to the grass and existing native planting.
- To the North and Northwest of the Marina are fields that are being used for grazing and dog walking.
- On top of the bank (with sparse vegetation) along the NW of the marina is the Bee Orchid colony. We shall form a path along the top of the bank. In season these outer areas support a wide variety of butterflies and moths. The pontoons are populated with dragon and damselflies and give shade to fish. Young fry should be visible in the shallows.
- Fruit trees have also been planted on the island by the Facilities’ Amenity Block1. The promontories along the west side offer a range of habitats for birds – the most exotic being oystercatchers.
- The Wildlife Volunteers have planted up a Butterfly Drift on a sunny bank near the public car parks.
- Between the spine road and Findern Lane we have planted native trees and also a hedge to act as a screen.