Habitats - Shrubs, Scrub and the Ground

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Tree and Shrub Cover

Trees are planted around the Pocket Park, the trees have been donated by the local community, some trees are memorial trees and others hold memories for families and friends as they came together to plant them. The majority of the trees planted at the Pocket Park are native tree species.

The shrub and tree cover planted on the banks provide shelter, nesting and foraging areas for wildlife.

 

Illustration by Claire McElfatrick of Blackthorn berries and blossom that can be seen in the hedges at Yelvertoft Pocket Park in Northamptonshire.

Scrub Patches

Across the Pocket Park you may come across some areas of scrub, which includes bramble thickets and blackthorn. These areas require a bit of management to keep them from spreading, but are also valuable habitats for birds and invertebrates such as butterflies.

 

Rough Grass Margins

Extensive areas of rough grassland, which include tussocky grass mounds, are left uncut. This creates cover for small mammals and important habitat for invertebrates. The rough grass areas are cut on a rotation, so that a mosaic of different stages of growth and cover are available across the Pocket Park. If the grass was left unmanaged scrub will become dominant across the site.

 

Illustration by Claire McElfatrick of a grass snake that can be seen if you look on the ground around Yelvertoft Pocket Park in Northamptonshire.

Dead Wood and Bare Ground

Dotted around the Pocket Park you will find piles of brash, dead hedges and areas of bare ground. Dead wood is an important habitat to invertebrates and also a good place to look for fungi. If you come to the Pocket Park at night with a torch you may spot the lesser stag beetle. Bare patches of ground are also important areas for reptiles such as grass snakes to warm themselves in the sun. Invertebrates such as butterflies, flies and bees will use bare ground to warm themselves in the sun and some will nest in bare soil, so look closely to see if you can spot the holes.

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