Le Jardin de Lorette
The half nearest the road was planted in 1997 with around 90 Apple trees of three French varieties, suitable for the production of cider in due course.
The reserve is important for its population of Mole Crickets, a very rare insect, possibly extinct on mainland Britain, but still surviving in damp land in the north of Guernsey. Many other insect species are present, particularly grasshoppers and other crickets. Butterflies recorded include Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady, Wall, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Holly and Common Blue.
The whole area is cut twice a year, and paths are cut more frequently. The photo below shows a raking party completing the clearance of the cut vegetation, which, if left on site, would add to fertility which is not in the best interests of the wild flora. This regime ensures the best conditions for the proliferation of wild flowers and invertebrates.
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Candie Gardens, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1UG, Channel Islands.