May 2011


Waste wire

Waste wire

Each winter approximately 1 kilometre of fencing is carried out by the ranger team. This can be difficult work on the steep slopes of Butser, both erecting the new fence as well as removing the rusty old one. There is not sufficient scrap metal value in the old wire,  which could be up to 30 years old, and so this has to be sent to landfill. A 35 cubic metre skip is used to collect the years waste.

35 Cu skip

35 Cu skip

 Timber fence posts as well as the wood used in all our furnishings, items such as picnic tables and finger posts, contain potentially hazardous preservatives and as a consequence cannot be burned in the biomass boiler, or in any open fire or domestic wood burner. However the material can be chipped and taken to a nearby power station where the emissions are properly dealt with and it is burned to produce energy. 

Old fence posts

Old fence posts

 Again about 35 cubic metres of wood waste are processed in this way.

If any of our visitors wish to help with ideas for the recycling of these materials then do please get in touch. In the shop we are currently selling recycled timber waymarks which can be used to make rustic furniture or raised beds for the garden.

The site is committed to a green way of working and has its own Aalborg Action Plan and a Sustainability Trail for educational groups.

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Cowslip

Cowslip

Cowslips can be found all over the northern and western slopes of Butser Hill. They are the food plant of the scarce Duke of Burgundy butterfly, with flowers eaten with relish by the local rabbit population. 

Violets

Violets

 Violets growing in the steep dry valley known as Grandfathers Bottom.

Wild garlic

Wild Garlic

 Wild Garlic with its distinctive small can be found on the shady wooded slopes of the hill. 

These are a selection of the wildflowers that have been photographed on Butser Hill in the last week 

There are two flower related events coming soon;
 
‘Fantastic Flowers’- a children’s holiday activity on Wednesday the 1st June, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and 1pm to 3pm. Spend the morning or afternoon with a ranger on a wild flower hunt and then back to the visitor centre for some floral crafts. Booking essential. cost £3 per child.
‘The wild flowers of Butser Hill’-a guided walk on Saturday the 4th June, from  1pm to 3pm. With one of the rangers looking at the flowers on the National Nature Reserve. Booking essential. FOC.
Looking west from Butser Hill

Looking west from Butser Hill

The fine spring weather has brought on the early downland flowers across Butser Hill. Although a little early for the orchids, the northern and western slopes are now covered in Cowslips. A member of the primula family, and  closely related to the Primrose, they are an important food plant for the sites Duke of Burgundy butterfly population. 

Grandfathers Bottom, Butser Hill

Grandfathers Bottom, Butser Hill

  

Cowslips

CowslipsCowslip

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