Habitats within Yelvertoft Pocket Park

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Hedgerows

The Pocket Park boundaries are marked by native hedgerows. Hedgerows are an important part of the Northamptonshire landscape and provide wildlife corridors for species to move between habitats. Hedges that have a variety of shrub species provide food for wildlife through their leaves, flowers and berries, give shelter and are used for nesting.

The newest hedge is the boundary hedge within the Orchard, this was planted by the community in 1999. The community hedge was laid for the first time in 2019. It is the intention to manage the hedges traditionally to ensure that they remain in good health and offer high quality hedgerow habitat for the local wildlife to benefit from.

Tree hedges are an important part of the hedgerows as they provide additional habitat, trees such as oak can support over 400 species of insect species. Trees within hedges are used as song posts for birds, provide roosting habitats for bats and as they age deadwood habitat for rare specialist invertebrate species.

The margins next to the hedges are mostly left uncut (cut in rotation), to ensure that there is cover for the birds, mammals and that over wintering habitat remains for invertebrates. Hedgehogs may use the margins to nest, as will some farmland bird species such as the yellowhammer. 

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Foraging

Foraging for wild food, fruit and material for crafts for personal use is welcome at the Pocket Park, all we ask is that you ensure that there is enough left for the wildlife and the habitats to thrive.

Flora

Across the Pocket Park native wildflowers have established – some have appeared naturally and others are from native wildflower seeds or plug plants that have been introduced in small patches to disperse naturally. The seed and plug plants have been sourced carefully, please do not add seeds or plants to the Pocket Park without permission. Any garden varieties found are removed from the site.

Many of our native wildflowers require poor nutrients within the soil to establish and thrive. Within the Pocket Park areas where wildflower patches are to establish will be managed by cutting the area once the seed has dispersed and removing the cuttings. As the cuttings are not going to be used as hay for animals the cut can be carried out later in the season than traditional hay making, and another cut may be carried out to replicate grazing, ideally you would graze with sheep or cattle after cutting. Establishing a diversity of wildflowers across the Pocket Park will take time and is dependent on the habitat management of the areas.

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