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  • Great Spruce Bark Beetle at Rosemoor

    sheiladearing on 28 Mar 2011 at 03:31 PM

    About a year ago we noticed that a few of our sitka spruce [Picea sitchensis] were dying. After closer inspection and some research we identified the cause as being great spruce bark beetle.  We then took advice from the forestry commission on immediate action. We were told to leave as many trees standing as possible and they would come down and survey the site with a view to releasing a predator beetle [Rhizophagus grandis] to combat the great spruce beetle [Dendroctonus micans]. These were released in June 2010 and we are hoping to see a decrease in the no’s of infected trees over the next two years.


    In November we surveyed the lower woodland and identified 40 + trees to be removed. So while the lower woodland walk was still closed due to our new education centre building works, we took the opportunity to remove the dead or badly infected ones.
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  • Otter returns

    sheiladearing on 21 Mar 2011 at 01:51 PM

    Our curator spotted the otter again on Saturday morning. It was happily swimming around, oblivious to being watched! Unfortunately he did not have a camera on him but here is another of the photos taken on 28th February.

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  • PBLC update

    sheiladearing on 04 Mar 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Stacey’s, the contractors, who are building the Learning Centre Terrace have ‘stoned-out’, built block retaining walls and set out the shuttering where the raised beds and planting pockets will be. And today – Friday – they will start to pour concrete over the site, between the shuttered beds; this will be for laying slabs on later.

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