COMMUNITY CONSERVATION IN ACTION
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Hedgehog Survey 2021
Thanks to everyone who took part in our village hedgehog survey. The results for this year are in the report which you can find HERE
This Weeks Moths
From Top to Bottom: Black Arches, Spectacle, Broken-barred Carpet, Early Thorn.
Wildlife Round Up
This has moved to its own page under ABOUT on the menu or click HERE. This section of our web page seems to have developed into a regular posting and we have had some good feedback about this. If you want to contribute your sighting, bird , mammal, amphibian, flower or any other wildlife observation please mail me and I will try to include you in this posting.
The House Sparrow Project
The House Sparrow population has decline by 71% since the 1970s.
If you haven't got time to get involved in the House Sparrow research and observation project (see the projects section on this site) then you can support the work of EWG by putting up a House Sparrow Apartment or Nestbox on your house. You can source one on the net or buy one from our local helper. Andy Bishop. A 3 hole (Apartment) £12 and single hole box £6. Email Andy here................ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy has also been helping with our Hedgehog conservation Boxes during the last few years. NB: If want to make your own then the plans are on Part B of the House Sparrow project sheets HERE
Field or Meadow
This article will help to explain the differences between what fields might be and how they differ from a meadow which is much richer flora providing a wonderful biodiverse habitat.
The article also talks about what is happening to the meadow area on the Church Field and how EWG will prepare it for sowing with a mixture of wild grass and wild flowers this autumn. Click on the image below for details,
EWG Biodiversity Day – A Wild Day
12 June 2021
What a great day. Driven by the need to at last actively engage with our 95 members we set out to offer something a little different to our wildlife enthusiasts. The opportunity to meet with members has been severely restricted by the situation with respect to the pandemic.
Our Biodiversity Day was a first attempt to do some practical hands-on activities in 2021. Everything went brilliantly, even the weather! We have had so much positive feedback from those attending the event and for this we thank you.
I must take this opportunity to thank all those involved for all their hard work. These events require significance preparation and organisation and I must thank the committee, Jan, Jim and Anne for all their support. Much goes on behind the scenes for these events. It is not just leading activities during the day but putting up gazeboes, arranging chairs and tables, sorting insurance, making sure that orders for equipment are prepared and monitored against budgets, preparing gardens and food, preparing forms and lists, creating guides to bats and mammals, sorting first aid and risk assessments. The list is endless. Without the hard work of our members, supporters and the committee none of this could have taken place. A big thanks to those who made cakes and donated food for the BBQ and a little special thanks to Joe Nunn who seemed to always find the right time to step in and offer help during the day.
Our aim was to engage members in a way that would help them to appreciate the wealth of wildlife that lives in and around the village. During the day we wanted to accumulate data from observations and other activities that would help us to identify types of plants, insects, birds and animals.
Obviously, it was not possible to cover everything, but an exciting programme of dawn chorus, guided bird walk, small mammal trapping, last night’s moths, a wildflower walk and bat detecting went some way towards meeting our objective.
Finally, can we just say what a great way to finish year one of EWG and very big thanks to everyone for making this day so memorable.
A full copy of our Biodiversity Day 2021 Report can be found HERE
Hedgehog Survey - Finished
Thanks to everybody in the village, members of our FB Hedgehog and Edgmond Wildlife Group, EWG members and non members for taking part in the survey.
We have still to work through the returns from you all, but I can say that the results are looking very optimistic as far as hedgehog numbers in Edgmond go.
We use this data to help judge the health of our local population and the impact of our joint hedgehog conservation work.
By the way, if you are a paid up member, we still have some free hedgehog hibernation boxes left, if you would like one let us know.
Hedgehog Highway Badge
We want to encourage people in Edgmond to create Hedgehog Highways. So, when you have linked your garden to a neighbours post a photo on here and we will send you our special Hedgehog Highway Badge to put by it Screw the badge to a fence panel or post and show other people in Edgmond we are working to conserve Hedgehogs. It might be a 13cm square hole in a fence, a gap cut in the bottom of a gate or even a tunnel under a concrete fence. We have a limited supply so get cracking.
Well done to the 5 households in Edgmond who have already received their badges.
Members Get Hedgehog Houses
Fully paid up members have been responding to our free Hedgehog House initiative. This is another initiative to encourage the Edgmond community to support the Edgmond Hedgehog Conservation Area. This is a project ongoing now for several years. A limited number of boxes are available to members who sign up to engaging with hedgehog conservation in their garden.
Some boxes have been reserved to support the Church Field Plan and the St Peter's Church Eco Project.
Lisa and family to the rescue!
A trip To Cuan Wildlife Centre with a small poorly hedgehog this week resulted in a return trip with 6 hedgehogs to be rehabilitated.
Thanks to Lisa, Paula and Graham the Edgmond Rescue Crew who bailed me out for some much needed short notice accommodation. A hedgehog hero badge for you all
CHAIR Jon Lloyd
Mobile: 07738 599393
TREASURER Michelle Wilson
Address: Bramley, 15-17 School Road, Edgmond TF10 8LB
SECRETARY Paula Doherty
Landline: 01952 813520
Mobile: 07966 034080
Address: 1A Connors Lane, Edgmond, TF10 8JU
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Allan Wilson
Mobile: 07970 825258
Address: 15-17 School Road, Edgmond, TF10 8LB
FACILTIES OFFICER—Position Vacant