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Well done to all those involved in our meadow project. It has taken several years to get this stage and a lot of hard work. 

Our new power scythe was in need of a little fresh high octance petrol before it set off at a gentle pace to scythe its way through our 1000 sq meter meadow. A moment to enjoy!

Paula and I cut and raked on Friday and the following day a great team of enthusiastic helpers arrived to move the hay to a stack near the gate ready for Neil Furness to pick up.

Our job is nearly complete for this year! However we do feel that the germination of Yellow Rattle was a little weak! We also thought that the survival of Yorkshire Fog from the the previous field was little too strong!

With these thoughts in mind we will over sow with a good ration of Yellow Rattle in the Yorkshire Fog Areas to weaken its advance and this will give other species a chance.

We cant wait to see what happens next year when we expect other wild flowers to burst through.  
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EWG - Wildlife Weekend

After all the excitement of the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebration we need something else to look forward to. Well, this might be it?

 

We have an action-packed weekend that builds on the success of last year’s event. From bats to birds and moths to mammals and much more. Check out and improve your knowledge of bird song and learn more about the plants that live with us, in and around Edgmond. We want you to find out more about our local wildlife. Fancy exploring some new places? We have a chance to visit some new sites locally this year. We want you and your family/grandchildren or friends to take part. We have spread the activities over the three days to give your more opportunity to dip in and out of a whole range of exciting activities. We have not only practical hands-on fun with wildlife but a chance to sit and relax with afternoon tea and cake in three wonderful village gardens (with plants for sale) and then a member’s barbeque. What could be better!

You have to be members to take part, but, if your grandchildren/friends are up for the weekend I am sure we can accommodate. Membership details are on our website www.edgmondwildlife.com.

So, check out the program.  Click on this link  HERE

 

Let us know which events you would like to attend. There are some additions to open  gardens and a correction. Where it says meet at   field it is of course the Church Field. Email our secretary Paula Doherty with details of the activities you are going to attend. We put a lot of work into the preparation of this event and we need your involvement and support

Pauladoherty@tiscali.co.uk.

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Hay Making - Success!

Planted in the autumn 2021 and harvested in August 2022

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The first fete in Edgmond for many years went really well. The EWG committee were on hand to welcome new members, help with wildlife ID and advise on conservation issues. Visiting children came to check out the pond life and small skull collection. We had a great day. The wonderful Edgmond Wildlife Map was created by Paula, it is so good we have used a photograph of it for web site background.

Girl Power!!!!

Here is today's team taking a well earned break after grappling with monstrous amounts of yellow flag choking the St Peters school pond. The group is engaged with trying to sort the children's wildlife area. Today we have also been cutting back to let light in. There is a long way to go yet! Watch out for next work party. Big thanks to all who took part, great progress has been made.
 

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COMMUNITY CONSERVATION IN ACTION

Seventy Years and Seventy Trees

January 22nd and 23rd - 2022

What a fantastic weekend and a fitting tribute to a Queen, who this year, is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee. Thanks go to Harper Adams University and the volunteers from Edgmond Wildlife Group who turned out to plant 70 different fruit trees next to a public track on University Land. The volunteer group included representatives from those students from abroad who are currently studying at Harper.  

 

The whole event was superbly organised by Scott Kirby and Mark Hall who went to extraordinary lengths to prepare the planting area and organise all the necessary resources. Every one of 70 fruit and nut trees is either a different species or a different variety. A wide range of apples, pears, plums, mulberry, hazel and walnut and many more. They were labelled, planted, staked, tied and guarded against rabbits.

 

The fruits of our labours are now here to share with all those who walk our local paths and of course they will provide a range of feeding opportunities for local wildlife. What a glorious site they will be in years to come when the spring blossom appears.

In addition to the fruit and tree planting, with the support of Mark and Scott and we also managed to plant 200 metres of hedge on Harper land. The new planting was made up of a variety of suitable hedging plants including holly, yew, hawthorn, wild rose.

We are also pleased to thank Ken Sloan the new Vice-Chancellor at Harper Adams University for allowing this to take place and for turning up at the event to thank all the volunteers and of course the staff at Harper who had made all this possible.

We also want to acknowledge the support of the High Sherriff of Shropshire , Anthony Morris-Eyton his wife Clare who also played their part in the event on Sunday and heartily congratulated the volunteers for all their hard work.

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Get Your

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.

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