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On 19th and 20th July 2014 The CBDC team, Allerdale Borough Council teamed up with the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre and Tullie House Museum to hold a 24 hour BioBlitz in Curwen Park, Workington.

For 24 hours an enthusiastic and determined array of experts and volunteers surveyed and recorded the natural history in the park. 

The current BioBlitz species total stands at 413 (excluding genus level records and hybrids), adding 368 new species to the previous list held on the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre database, which stood at just 107 species. However, invertebrate specimens are still being identified (as of 12th August) so the species list is set to rise further. This is a very pleasing result and it was only made possible by some dedicated recorders spending several hours covering all corners of this large park on what was one of the wettest days of the year on the Saturday. The weather did brighten up on for the final hour on Sunday morning and many of the day-flying insects revealed themselves for the first time in the 24 hours, allowing a final flurry of recording as the clock ran down. Species highlights of the event including Old Lady Moth (Mormo maura) and Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) amongst others. The provisional species list can be downloaded via the link below.

http://www.cbdc.org.uk/recording/events/bioblitzes/past-bioblitzes/curwen

We'd like to give a big thank you to all who volunteered and recorded on the day as well as Allerdale Disability Association and Helena Thompson Museum for hosting the event!

Electric weeder trials

Allerdale Borough Council, Ubiqutek and Lowther Estates are working together to trial some futuristic equipment for weed control in North West. Under European legislation pesticide use has had to be reduced across the UK since 2009. Various alternative control methods have been trialled across the UK in recent years with varying results but Ubiqutek are well on their way with developing equipment that is chemical-free and safe for the environment but with no reduction in efficacy.

The electric vegetation machine kills weeds on contact by passing an electrical current through the unwanted vegetation. It is safe for birds, mammals and humans. The Council are excited to be involved in developing such technology for commercial use, especially equipment which results in a less polluted environment for future generations to enjoy.

Fallen trees around the Borough - replanting programme

Following the storms throughout December 2013 and January 2014 a number of trees were left damaged around Allerdale. Our contractors were kept very busy stabilising trees and removing fallen trees.

In early spring 2014 a replanting programme took place with over 8000 trees being planted across the borough thanks to the help of Groundwork North East and Cumbria who sourced the trees and a number of schools, groups and active volunteers who helped to plant them. A big thank you to all involved.

We still have a number of trees left so if you are interested in participating in the Big Tree Plant please email our Workington Nature Partnership Officer (Workington areas only), parks.development@allerdale.gov.uk or phone the council on 01900 702 702.

The Workington Nature Partnership

Allerdale Borough Council and Workington Town Council have started on an exciting joint venture called the Workington Nature Partnership. This partnership is designed support the natural environment in and around Workington by undertaking a wide range of conservation activities on our nature reserves, parks, open spaces, woodlands and access networks. The initiative provides a great opportunity for volunteers of all ages and abilities to get involved in improving the land on their doorstep.

Volunteer groups meet at Harrington Local Nature Reserve (Main Gate, Moorclose Road) at 9:30am every Tuesday and at Siddick Ponds Local Nature Reserve (near Edgar's Garage) at 9:30am every Thursday. Feel free to just come along on the day but if you would like to find out more beforehand please contact our Workington Nature Partnership Officer

Volunteers

Thumbs up: Members of the Friends of Siddick Ponds, Allerdale Borough Council and Northern Gas Networks celebrating the £5,000 investment in the nature reserveWe are always looking out for volunteers who can help with our efforts to manage and improve our parks, open spaces and nature reserves. depending on the season we can offer a wide range of activities such as woodland management, scrub clearance, meadow cutting, recording local wildlife, path maintenance, control of invasive species and tree planting and other conservation activities. If you are interested in joining our volunteers please contact parks.development@allerdale.gov.uk (all areas across Allerdale) or our Workington Nature Partnership Officer (Workington areas only).

Vulcan Park - Pathways for People project

The new footpath in the southern part of Vulcan Park is complete. Allerdale Borough Council was awarded £25,000 from SITA Trust to upgrade paths in the southern part of the park and to install running distance markers around the park. We would like to thank SITA Trust and Fields in Trust for giving us this opportunity to improve the facilities in the park. We hope that park users will enjoy the new facilities and make good use of the running route.

Siddick Ponds and Harrington Nature Reserve 

These two important Local Nature Reserves are both entered into the Higher Level Stewardship programme managed by Natural England. Through this scheme we receive payments that enable us to undertake a range conservation-friendly management operations. These include meadow management, woodland management, control of invasive species such as Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam and periodic cutting of the reedbeds at Siddick Pond. This is a 10-year agreement with Natural England which will enable us to manage these sites in a way that to maintains and increases their conservation interest while allowing the public to enjoy them to their full.

Workington Play Areas

The play areas at Newlands Lane, Siddick and Brewery House are now complete and will shortly be formally handed over to the Workington Town Council for ongoing maintenance. 

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