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Wildlife Corridors

Let It Grow; Reduce the Mow

Leaving your grass to grow or setting aside at least a patch of your lawn to allow flowers to bloom and provide a vital source of nectar for bees and other insects to complete their breeding cycles. See photos below of some gardens in our Green Group.

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Ragwort

I keep seeing ragwort being pulled up by people who may not fully understand the role of the plant. Many of us have been taught that ragwort is bad, but if we are going to have a wildflower areas and promote insects, we need this reconsider this plant. Ragwort is native and is one of…

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The Importance of Leaving Deadwood

I am dead woodAnd I am dead goodFor a truly healthy forest or wood So please leave much moreOn the woodland or forest floorAnd I’ll tell you what I’m really good for I prevent erosion of the soilAnd to woodland plants I am loyal I release nutrients and nitrogenFeeding them to keep them aliveAnd I…

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Planting around Church Fields

We have done some planting to help pollinators with a range of wildflowers and trees, namely purging buckthorn to attract Brimstone Butterflies whose caterpillars use this plant as their primary food source. With any luck, we should have some of these beautiful butterflies become resident in our village. To find out more about purging buckthorn…

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Kestrel Nest Box is Up!

Many thanks to Rick Banks for fixing the kestrel box into place. We greatly appreciate his effort for bravely scrambling up a long ladder and screwing the box into place. Kestrels have tried and failed to nest on our riverside for the last two years, I believe due to disturbance from the volume of walkers.…

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Building a Log Pile

Log piles provide a home or a refuge for many species: invertebrates; amphibians such as frogs, toads and newts; and small mammals such as hedgehogs, mice, shrews and voles. All of these creatures predate on garden pests. With a rich biodiversity such as this you won’t feel the need to resort to garden chemicals, which disrupt…

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Project bird boxes – January update

Well surprisingly since my new interest in bird boxes I got a lovely hand made one for Christmas! It’s quite heavy-duty and my nephews tried to pinch it for their house! Anyway, someone has given us some wood to get started and we are making kestrel boxes first as they are already looking for nest…

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An Idea for Your Old Christmas Tree

  This is a picture of last year’s Christmas tree which I placed amongst the bird feeders and year-end overgrowth. It has provided welcome shelter from the occasional sparrowhawk and a gap filler against the otherwise plain wooden fence. Over the year, there was a gentle transition from the Christmas green to the autumnal golden…

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Gardening for Wildlife Tips

Water Butt I needed to reset the footings for a water butt and instead of using a single block or slap of concrete, I used some old bricks and slab. Leaving a gap will give a home for newts, toads, insects etc. Rough Corners I am sure if you look around your garden or any…

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Hedgehog Rescue

Baby hedgehogs

As conscientious wildlife lovers, my neighbour and I cut a hole in the fence to allow free movement for wildlife, particularly hedgehogs, between our gardens and the adjoining wasteland.  Having not seen hedgehogs in the garden for a couple of years, whilst enjoying our new garden furniture one balmy August evening, we were delighted to…

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