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Thrushes Nesting in Pollarded Poplar Trees at the BGI Demonstrator Hub
May 01, 2024
While performing a routine morning fence inspection an unexpected sight caught my attention – a bird gliding low towards the pollarded poplar trees...
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Miscanthus variety trial planting at IBERS Demonstrator Hub
April 26, 2024
Miscanthus variety trial 2024 planting at the IBERS Demonstrator Hub
In addition to these, 5 of the Biomass Connect Demonstrator Hubs also have a Miscanthus variety trial which itself has two plots, a 2023 planting and a 2024 planting. The 2024 plots are currently being planted now, so here are some photos of the IBERS team in action planting out the variety trials into the 2024 plot.
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IBERS Demonstrator Hub Miscanthus Harvest 2024
April 25, 2024
A selection of photos from the recent Miscanthus harvest at the IBERS Demonstrator Hub. The Miscanthus x giganteus was cut in the middle of March and then baled earlier this week using a round-chopper baler.
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Biomass Connect at the Argus Biomass Conference
April 24, 2024
Biomass Connect at the Argus Biomass Conference
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Demonstrator Hub Updates – March 2024
April 24, 2024
Miscanthus variety trial
The month of March proved to be a wet one once again for many of the Demonstrator Hubs, but the signs of Spring are evident at all of them. Willows are in leaf and catkin and attracting insects with their early crop of pollen. The alder and poplar have buds at most sites and the black locust 'Turbo' has some yellow flowers showing at some of the hubs. All demonstrator hubs have removed the black locust 'Turbo Obelisk' ready for re-planting.
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Demonstrator Hub Update – NIAB, Headley Hall – March 2024
April 24, 2024
Willow height (>3m)
A busy month at the Headley Hall site but the site is still pretty wet at the moment, there have been a few breaks in the weather but only long enough for things to dry out slightly efore the rain returns and makes everything wet again. 
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Demonstrator Hub Update – Newcastle University Cockle Park Farm – March 2024
April 24, 2024
SRC Willow
All is looking good at Cockle Park Farm. There's been lots of activity throughout March and we are looking forward to seeing the results of our labour now that Spring is here.
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Demonstrator Hub Update – BGI, Chesham – March 2024
April 19, 2024
Roe deer in mature willow plantation
The BGI Demonstrator Hub in Chesham has experienced lots of rain this month. This has hampered efforts to get onto the plots for planting, preparations and treatments but the crops continue to grow and will soon be in full leaf.
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Demonstrator Hub Update – IBERS, Aberystwyth – March 2024
April 18, 2024
Eucalyptus
Generally across the IBERS site things have been looking healthy whilst dormant over the winter. Conditions have been very wet except during cold snaps when it has been below freezing. There has been some rabbit damage to certain crops and wind damage to others.
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