E D G M O N D W I L D L I F E G R O U P
COMMUNITY CONSERVATION IN ACTION
Free presentation hosted by Shropshire CPRE.
Great presentation by a real expert. Grab a coffee and watch this, the link is HERE
Learn about the history of hedges , why they are so important and how they can be managed
Guide to 10 of the most common garden birds
Holiday time? Might be a good opportunity to check if your children can identify the 10 most common garden birds.
Check the CHILDREN pages from the menu above.
Thanks Chloe for the suggestion
WALL FARM WORK PARTY
Despite sub zero temperatures our gallant crew helped Georgina and Jack plant a new tree line of Oak and Beech and upgraded a small copse with wild rose, crab apple and hawthorn. Beautiful morning but VERY cold. Well done everybody.
WE PLOUGH THE FIELDS AND SCATTER….
It was a very special day on Saturday 23rd October 2021.At last we could sow the seeds for our own, very special, Edgmond Meadow.
Thank you to all of the members of Edgmond Wildlife Group who have helped at every stage in the long process. Big thanks to Mark at HAU, Gary and Richard from Edgmond Hall and all the members of our community who have helped and encouraged us along the way. Without your support none of this would have been possible.
Last year 2020 we cut and removed grass from the meadow area in order to reduce the soil fertility. This is a necessary prerequisite for meadow creation.
We maintained a path around the meadow which people enjoyed walking.
We monitored what was growing in the meadow to ensure we were not going to lose anything when we replanted.
We allowed the meadow area to grow tall and then cut with a power scythe in late summer.
Volunteers helped collect he hay and pile it up.
Neil Furness took the hay away and bailed it.
We carried out soil analysis to determine that soil beneath the meadow was low in nutrients.
Mark from HAU arrived and the 22nd October and the meadow area was blecavated (sort of rotovated!!)
On 23rd October we divided the meadow into 8 parts (roughly equal) and divided the meadow seed into 8 parts using scales.
The meadow seed was sown by hand and then the seed rolled into the seedbed manually.
This is a great time to clean out your old nest boxes. Gargen birds are already setting up territories and inspecting potential nest sites (nest boxes).
if You havent got any nest boxes then this is alos a good time to think about installing one in your garden or on the side of your house/shed.
HERE is a great article on nest boxes written by the BTO.
Above: Nuthatch clearing out a House Sparrow nest from a nestbox in Jon's garden.
Below: from our House Sparrow project page on this web site, 'Build your own House Sparrow apartment'.
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
Guardians of the Trees
by Jonathan Lloyd - Edgmond Wildlife Group.
This may seem like a slightly over dramatic title but perhaps we need to rethink our relationship with trees. I mean, trees ‘breathe’ out oxygen and we breathe it in. That’s pretty handy!........ Full Article HERE
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.
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
Wildlife Round Up
PHOTO BY TIM PRESTON
Click HERE or the latest report 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.