In the parkland at Parke there is a large fenced meadow which has been under grazed for a number of years. It is a species rich grassland and contains a number of wet meadow species such as marsh thistle, meadowsweet, sneezewort and the corky fruited water dropwort. The aim is to graze the meadow next year with cattle to improve the wildlife in it.
I was doing a survey in the meadow yesterday in advance of the new grazing project and found a large population of the wasp spider Argiope bruennichi. I found another population of wasp spiders at Parke last year in the water meadows – see here.
Wasp spiders flourish in places where there is no grazing so they won’t be a permanent feature of these meadows but there are other places at Parke where they will survive