A small work party has just finished clearing the ‘small quarry’ at the Burton Chalk Pits Local Nature Reserve. This same area was first cleared of undergrowth last year with the intention of establishing some valuable open space in the quarry.

20 years ago the older residents of Buriton can remember the presence of snakes and butterflies,  both now sadly lacking. With each clearance the task becomes easier and it is already possible to see the changing nature of the vegetation.

The site is owned by East Hants District Council and run in partnership with Buriton Parish and the Country Park. We are coming to the end of three years of Heritage Lottery Funding and at that point the site will have to rely even more on volunteer help.

Many improvements have been made during this time period and the one major project yet to be realized is the restoration of the pond at the top of the site (see earlier posts). The relevant grant application has been submitted so fingers crossed that it will be successful.

New volunteers are always welcome to these regular work parties. For more information go to the Parish web-site at http://www.buriton.info

There will be a guided walk looking at the bird life and bird song in the Chalk Pits which will take place on Wednesday the 8th May, starting from the Buriton Pond at 6.30pm. Stout shoes or boots are required and steep gradients are to be expected.