SMJ Nature Reserve

For the past 2 decades my parents have been regenerating a 3/4 mile stretch of old railway line - transforming it from a darkened, overgrown canopy of hawthorn into a thriving eco system for wildlife of all variety - shapes and sizes!

This photo shows the massive clearance of a south facing embankment.  In recent years volunteers from the butterfly conservation have enabled my parents to scale up the work that can be accomplished.  This clearance is a perfect example.  The south facing nature is very important as its a perfect sun trap which the insects, especially butterflies LOVE!  Imagine at one stage it was a mat of hawthorn with nothing growing beneath the shaded canopy - Then my dad cleared it - re-seeded and now it looks like the picture above!

More help in this case was provided by my parents lovely NEIGHBOUR and friend Ben who gave them a helping hand with his mini digger!  Again, once completely overgrown and overshadowed by out of control hawthorn - the area was cleared - dug out......

.....and now it looks like this!

Check out our SMJ Reserve Guitar Straps!

£1 from every strap goes to butterfly conservation

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