Work to improve the orchid glades at Thrupp Green

January 2023

Purple orchids growing in glade

Thrupp Green, also known as Pit H/I, lies to the south of Thrupp Lake and the cycle path. It has a range of valuable habitats which are sustained through annual management. The glades within Thrupp Green are mown each autumn to help encourage orchids and a range of other grassland flora, whilst the reedbeds are scythed by volunteers to encourage ground nesting birds such as lapwing and skylark.

Contractors have just started work to restore and extend some of the glades which have been encroached upon by saplings and trees. This work will take about a week to complete and will include creation of a new 175 m long glade on the north-western boundary of the pit. This work is one of Radley Lakes Trust's planned projects for 2023 and has been arranged to finish before the start of the bird nesting season.

We are very grateful for the permission and continuing financial support of John Curtis which is helping us to sustain the biodiversity of Thrupp Green.

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