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Photos from our recent volunteer day

Our volunteers day on Portway Hill on the 20th October was very productive. We cleared all of the grass and bramble debris piled up from the previous volunteers day and even managed to find a few new fungi for the Portway Hill site. The reason for removing all arisings from the site is to reduce soil fertility which should in time increase the diversity of the wild flowers and insects found here.

Here are some photos of before, during and after the volunteers’ hard work, as well as lots of lovely fungi!

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Join us for some volunteering next weekend!

We’ve got a big task to achieve on our next volunteering date, Saturday 20th October – why not come and join in? We need to clear all the mown grass off the wildflower meadow on Portway Hill – this will prevent it from rotting back into the meadow over the winter, helping to keep soil nutrient levels low to encourage a greater diversity of wildflowers. Meet on St Brades Close; ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions, and wear sturdy footwear. You will need to bring along a packed lunch but tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. No need to book, just turn up!

Here are a few photos from one of our recent volunteer days where we restored a public right of way marker that had been vandalised.

Butterfly walk, Saturday 30th June

Don’t forget we have our annual butterfly walk in a few weeks’ time on Saturday 30th June, 10:00am -12:00am approx. Join us and the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country for a guided walk around the Rowley Hills. The flowers on the hillside should just about be at their best by this time and if the day is sunny we will see many species of butterflies, including Marbled White; Portway Hill is one of this species’ hotspots in Birmingham and the Black Country. Wear sturdy footwear and ensure you are dressed appropriately for the forecast weather conditions. Meet on St Brades Close at the junction with Tower Road at 9:50am. See you there!

Best wishes for 2018!

The Friends of Rowley Hills hope you are having a peaceful festive season and wish you a happy 2018! We’ve added 6 more amazing new aerial photos to our Aerial photography gallery; below is a taster. Visit the gallery now to see all the photos!

View towards Clent with the Grade II Listed, Cobb’s Engine House and chimney in foreground (image © Andy Purcell)

New aerial photographs of the Rowley Hills

We’ve added three more of Andy Purcell’s wonderful aerial photographs to our Aerial Photography gallery, this time taken from above the site of the former Darby’s Hill Quarry. Visit the gallery now to see all the photos!

Above the site of the former Darby’s Hill Quarry (image © Andy Purcell)

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More new aerial photographs!

We’ve added three more amazing aerial drone photographs of the Rowley Hills, taken by local wildlife expert and photographer Andy Purcell, to our gallery at https://friendsofrowleyhills.org/about/aerial-photography/. Follow the link to see them all!

View northwest (image © Andy Purcell)

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Look out for fungi and slime moulds!

As autumn approaches fungi and slime moulds are now appearing on the hillside. Look out for more as you walk across the hills this autumn and send us your photographs. Here are three that we’ve spotted so far:

Dog Sick Slime Mould (Mucilago crustacea) on dead grass stems (image © Mike Poulton)

Parasol Mushroom (Macrolepiota procera) (image © Mike Poulton)

Pestle Puffball (Handkea excipuliformis) (image © Mike Poulton)