• Sounds of the Forest

    Walking and exploring nature is a proven source of individual and community wellbeing. Not everyone can get outdoors all of the time so we wanted to share a lovely project which is accessible in lockdown to top up those invaluable walks or to replace them when shielding or in quarantine. If you want to explore […]

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  • A Stroll With Nature

    At Mersey Vale Nature Park, Heaton Mersey This stroll includes photos taken along the footpath starting from the Craig Road entrance to Mersey Vale Nature Park at the road junction with Station Road and Vale Close. It starts at the top of the steps and ends at the old railway bridge just off the TPT, […]

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  • Event – Orchard care and wildlife habitat building with Cheshire Wildlife Trust

    HMVCG task days are back! The first is with Cheshire Wildlife Trust at the Sidings Orchard when volunteers will be helping CWT clear the orchard floor and build habitats for insects and small mammals. The day is Monday 24 August. We will be there from 10am. Join us when you can and stay as long […]

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  • Nature Notes – April 2020

    Time outdoors is minimal at the moment but rides to and from work resulted in a few sightings and the birds being fed. Isn’t this a good time though to appreciate green areas and realise what therapeutic and necessary places they are.

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  • Nature Notes – March 2020

    The third month of the year, time is galloping and new life is arising. On the 2nd I noted that along the River Mersey the subtle tiny flower known has Ivy Leaved Speedwell (Veronica hederifolia) is now in great profusion and is a real blessing to those with roving eyes. On the same day a […]

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  • All Task Days & Meetings Cancelled

    HMVCG are following advice and cancelling all meetings and task days for the next 3 months in order to support social distancing and reduce contamination. We will provide further updates as and when the situation improves. To find out how you can help support others in your neighbourhood or receive support, please join the Heatons […]

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  • Nature Notes – January and February 2020

    JANUARY 2020 The 1st saw a few birds noted, these being:- Goldfinch (*4); Long Tailed Tit (*2); Mallard (*2); Magpie (*2); Redwing (*1); Wood Pigeon (*1); Carrion Crow (*1); Wren (*1); Grey Wagtail (*1); Feral Pigeon (*1) and Cormorant (*1). Red Campion (Silene dioica); Chickweed (Stellaria media); Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium); Common Field Speedwell (Veronica persica); Daisy (Bellis perennis); Canadian […]

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  • Nature Notes – November and December 2019

    NOVEMBER Brief notes were made during what was the start of the 2 quietest months of the year. The weather still far from clement with rain interspersed with cold snaps and the odd unseasonably warm and sunny day. On the 6th I took some time to collect several dead Common Nettle (Urtica dioica) stems and noted […]

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  • Nature Notes – October 2019

    Along the River Mersey on the 2nd I noted several troops of the Yellowing Knight Fungus (Tricholoma scalpturatum) growing with a variety of deciduous trees – they seem to be having a good year. The first frost of any potency was had on the 5th but this was fleeting and many flowers still held blooms. On the 11th a fine Cormorant […]

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  • Nature Notes – September 2019

    The ambiguous weather conditions continued, a test of the human patience and the lives of the bugs, birds and blooms. On the 2nd Travellers Joy (Clematis vitalba) and Russian Vine (Fallopia baldschuanica) were both clambering over vegetation growing alongside the river whilst a few Brown Roll Rims (Paxillus involutus) were growing in the low cut grass.  A small gathering of […]

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