Big Butterfly Count 2021

This year’s count takes place between Friday 16th July and Sunday August 8th August. This is an excellent opportunity to involve the whole family in some valuable citizen science. Just choose a sunny day for the survey and make your observations within a 15 minute window,. There is a dedicated website provided by Butterfly Conservation where you can obtain guidance and subsequently record your results. As an alternative, recording can be made via the dedicated app. Just search for and download the Big Butterfly Count App

Holding Back the Invaders!

Volunteering resumed at the cutting on Sunday 18th April. The focus from then on has been to control and eliminate non-native species. This does cause some concern with visitors, as were are observed removing Bluebells. The bluebell in question is of the Spanish variety. It is both non-native and invasive. It is growing where we would much prefer to have native wild flower and grasses growing, which in turn provide a benefit for the native wildlife.

I have provided a guide to the difference between native and non-native bluebells, produced by ┬ęKatrina Martin / 2020VISION

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Hedgehog Awareness Week 02-08 May 2021

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society are running a Hedgehog Awareness Week . Please click on this link to take you directly to their website and the details of this awareness week. The website contains lots of practical steps that every household with a garden can take to help ensure the survival and recovery of this much loved spiny mammal

If nothing else, please provide access holes in fencing to allow the animals to roam. They need a wide search area to find sufficient food

A download of the most helpful steps you can take is available here