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Return of the Travellers

A group of Travellers appeared on the Upper Field on Friday, 31st May. Travellers do not enjoy a good reputation in our area since they converted the old Fire Station site into a big fly tipping site in June 2017

Posted in Vandalism

Digging at Beech Bottom Dyke

Not the work of badgers, but holes clearly showing spade marks have appeared in the bank about half way along Beech Bottom Dyke. This earthwork was made to form a rifle butt, or safe bank behind shooting targets, about 160

Posted in Beech Bottom Dyke, Vandalism

Joint Friends Summer Event

St Saviour’s Church Hall 2.00pm SUNDAY 28 JULY 2019 2019 is the 1,350th anniversary of the arrival of St Theodore of Tarsus in Canterbury. This led, via his work setting out the parish boundaries in England, to his stained glass

Posted in Beech Bottom Dyke, History, Townsend Drive, Walks

What is a Parhelion?

A parhelion or sun dog is an optical phenomenon that consists of a bright spot to one or both sides of the Sun caused by the refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the atmosphere.  There is often a halo

Posted in History, Photos

A different kind of litter

Our Action Day litter-picks on the Heath turn up discarded items of all descriptions, many of which are waste which would be classed as fly-tipping. This spring a large, bent, steel tube pole, with attached concrete, was found in the

Posted in Litter, Lost

Theft and Vandalism

Theft Friends of Bernards Heath tries to protect, preserve and enhance the Heath for the benefit of the neighbourhood as a whole, but sometimes it seems that thoughtlessness and downright theft are conspiring against us. Anyone who has walked along

Posted in Beech Bottom Dyke, Theft, Vandalism

Can you spot these Plants on the Heath?

1 Red Dead-nettle – crimson-purple flowers, square stem and pungent smell. Thanks to MB for pointing out that this is not Field Woundwort. 2 Green Alkanet – a member of the forget-me-not family with blue flowers. It is common in

Posted in Flowers, Plants

Spring Action Day

More than 20 people, including these young helpers, turned up for our Action Day on 24th March – maybe it had something to do with the weather which was great.  Lots of other bags were placed around the Heath for

Posted in Action Days, Beech Bottom Dyke, Litter, Maintenance

First Snow of Winter

About 2 cm of snow fell over the night 22/23 January and rapidly disappeared. The last substantial fall of snow was in December 2017. The weather was good enough to see the first phase of the ‘blood red moon’ over

Posted in Weather

Muntjac Deer Found Dead on the Heath

A Muntjac Deer was found dead by the side of Harpenden Road opposite the entrance to the old Fire Station.  Both sides of the road are wooded near this area and probably provide cover for these animals., although one has

Posted in Accidents, Photos, Safety