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Welcome to the Rural Arisings Blog.Take a look at what we have achieved at the Belhus & Cranleigh sites

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Three aerial photographs showing the North Field between 2014 and 2016 as viewed from above the M25 - the western boundary of the park.
Between 2014 and 2015 we can see the disappearance of the haul roads and the appearance of the perimeter…

The Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers helped out at Little Belhus by planting up a 1 hectare scrub area Dec 2016. The scrub will add habitat diversity as it will be in addition to the woodland and wildflower habitats already present in the…

A Thurrock Enquirer article about Dilkes Academy naming the big lake at Little Belhus Country Park. Pupils from the school had fun making a mosiac of the lakes new name, and a butterfly mosiac which we will be displaying on our Skip Garden…

A Privet hawkmoth which flew into our work site. We rescued it and put it on an Ash tree (one of its food plants). It is one of the largest hawk moths and you can just make out its pink and black body in the first photo.
 

You may need to get your eye in to see them all!

Even in the midst of winter there are incredible looking species to be found

King Alfred's Cakes (looks like something else?!) found on perimeter hibernacula.
These non-edible fungi are so named because legend has it that King Alfred, when in hiding from battle, forgot to take his cakes out of the oven and they…

The Trench Roller is a remote controlled piece of equipment we hired to compact the base of the ponds we are creating. It rams the soil until it is rock hard and no water can penetrate. We did 5 layers of soil like this so in theory nice full…

Poplar hawkmoths are our commonest species of hawk moth in the UK. We did not pick up this one on our moth survey but rather when it flew into our tractor cab! They feed on willow and (unsurprisingly) poplar and the red under its wings is a…

Our seed rich green hay arrived this week from nearby Langdon Nature Reserve managed by Essex Wildlife Trust…