Planting of trees and hedgerows began right from the start of the life of the nursery over 30 years ago on what was then a 10 acre site. Over time and donation of an additional 4 acres, a planting and conservation plan was written and later adapted to include a central woodland, a natural rain water served pond, a wildflower meadow and we are midway through establishing a new willow maze.
With the support of guidance from The Woodland Trust, our original plan is now being enhanced with further hedgerow to improve biodiversity onsite. This gives us a much broader education base from which to teach our service users the management skills to maintain the land, but also the knowledge of what plant and wildlife species exist at Mires Beck.
This year the service users are conducting their first woodland audit of trees and tree health and also recording bird and butterfly species for the national data bases. We often seek the help of volunteers to assist with planting, woodland maintenance and auditing projects.
Mires Beck Nursery has provided the Alder Buckthorn for Hull Butterfly City project and we are proud to partner the city to encourage increasing of the endangered Brimstone Butterfly. population . In this aim we are growing much higher numbers of this tree which this particular butterfly makes home and are also planting more onsite.
This Autumn we will start to join national activities on moth sightings.
Our existing woodland and recently planted Anniversary Wood have trees available for adoption and dedication and we can supply trees from the tree nursery for conservation projects and carbon offsetting. We have over 6000 trees planted onsite and have planted a further 350 as part of the ongoing conservation planting at Mires Beck Nursery.
Our woodland is home to many species of birds, vertebrates and a small resident parcel of deer. The undergrowth and habitat highways within the wood are home to all manor of invertebrates we often look for in our bug hunt activities in the school holidays. Our service users are taught about the wildlife and the tree species that we have at Mires Beck and often go on foreaging excerises. The variesties of tree species grow an array of fruit and nuts to feed the wildlife which visit and live in the wood.
We supply wildflower seed grown onsite and both Phragmites and Luzula’s for conservation purposes and waterside planting management. There is a large natural pond next to our tree nursery and we regularly run pond dipping activities on event days and in the school holidays.
We have the expertise to help you design and plan either your garden pond , or any larger scale ponds including the planting which needs to take place. If you wish to book an appointment with our Habitats Supervisor or book a site visit to a particular location please contact us.
Our site is home to The Great Crested Newt, a nationally protected species we have embraced in our message of conservation and safeguarding as the gatekeepers for the nursery in our recent re branding.