In June we were given an interesting talk by Chris Hill of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust about Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve. Chris showed slides and explained how the reserve was formed after the extraction of sand and gravel from the site and how the lakes and reed beds came about. With the hard work of trust members and many volunteers, the site was transformed with parts fenced off, reed beds planted and lakes and ponds formed. They bought in cattle and Exmoor ponies to graze parts of the meadow and even made places for the snakes to go in the winter using pipes which run under ground. Thanks to all their hard work the meadows are now a haven to many species of plants and animals and our ladies are looking forward to a guided tour there for our next meeting in July. We may even be lucky enough to see orchids, otters, a terrapin or even a bittern, we will have to keep our eyes open!
Except for July our meetings take place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7-30pm in Barkby Village Hall, if you would like to join us please come along you will be most welcome.