Woodland coppice walk 27th April 2019

Join Mark Howard, hurdle maker for a Spring walk through Coppice Woodland near Crondall on Saturday 27th April at 4.30pm. Appreciate the benefits of traditional woodland management and hedge laying to wildlife. Please let us know if you plan to come along (by email to info@froylewildlife.co.uk) so that we have an idea of numbers.

Meet at SU785483 (see map) T-junction on the Well Rd at Jonathan Kilns Cottages to look at some hedge laying first then on to the wood. As parking is limited, please share lifts if possible from Froyle Village Hall leaving at 4.15pm sharp.

Mark says that he set out with a simple philosophy 25 years ago; to supply sustainable woodland products from local ancient woods, which, although they had probably been managed by man for at least two thousand years, had sadly been neglected previously. Based on a traditional management practice called coppicing, which relies on the ability of many tree species, after being cut, to produce new shoots, these rods or poles are harvested after a number of years and the cycle begins again. This management over the centuries has created a unique ecology for a diverse range of species such as our much-loved bluebell, nightingales and fritillary butterflies.

 

‘Farnham Heath, the story so far’ talk 30th April 2019

We welcome Mike Coates from the RSPB to tell us about the birds and wildlife of this restored heathland. Once a gloomy conifer plantation, 100 hectares have been transformed into a beautiful heathland with views across the Weald, abundant with wildlife that includes roe deer, crossbills, nightjars, woodcocks and tree pipits.

All welcome, teas and coffees, entrance £3 for non members. Doors open Froyle Village Hall 7pm for talk to start at 7.30pm.

Over the past couple of centuries Surrey has lost almost 90% of its heathland. As the habitat vanished, so did the species dependent upon it. A key feature of heathland is poor acidic sandy soils and areas of bare ground. These are important for many species of reptile and invertebrates. At Farnham Heath reserve there are now breeding Dartford warblers, nightjars, woodlarks, tree pipits, silver studded blue and grayling butterflies. Some species have also been reintroduced such as the stunning sand lizard and chirping field cricket.

‘Plight of the Bumblebee’ talk 22nd March 2019

On Friday 22nd March 7.30pm, we welcome Dr Nikki Gammans from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We’ll find out about the three types of bees -solitary, honey and bumblebee their lifecycle and ecology, their decline and how we can help focusing on gardening through the seasons. Nikki will give an introduction to bumblebee identification and also include her work on, The short-haired bumblebee project.

All welcome, teas and coffees, entrance £3 for non members. Doors open Froyle Village Hall 7pm for talk to start at 7.30pm.

Information summarised from Bumble Conservation Trust website:- Declines of bumblebee populations in the last century have occurred with large-scale changes to the way the countryside is managed. Bumblebees only feed on flowers and because of their colony-based lifestyle, need to have enough flowers available to sustain 40-400 sterile worker bees for the lifespan of the colony (potentially several months March-October) in order to produce the new reproductive individuals – males and queens – at the end of the colony lifecycle.

We can all help bumblebees by planting some bee-friendly plants in our gardens, to flower between March and September. As gardens cover over one million acres in the UK, this presents a great opportunity to provide food for bumblebees. By using these spaces more effectively, everyone can get involved in making the landscape friendlier to bumblebees, and help reverse the declines of the past century. Whether you have a window box, allotment or large garden, bee-friendly flowers can help boost your local bumblebee population. In return, they will dutifully pollinate our flowers, crops, fruits and vegetables.

AGM and talk about Wildlife near Farnham, Thursday 25th Oct 2018

Join us for our brief AGM at 7pm followed by a talk entitled ‘Surrey Safari –garden birds and local wildlife near Farnham.  Our entertaining speaker Geoff Lunn will begin with photographs of birds and other wildlife taken in the garden then move to the countryside near Farnham for the more wary animals and birds.  Non-members are welcome and drinks and nibbles will be available during the evening.

There will also be a display showing some of the flora and fauna seen in Froyle and a pictorial review of this year’s events.  The talk will start at 7.30pm and doors open at Froyle Village Hall from 6:30pm, entrance fee £2 members, £3 non members.

Walk at Magdalen Hill Down 1st August 2018

Join us on Wednesday 1st August 2018 for a walk at Magdalen Hill Down near Winchester. Enjoy a leisurely amble (about 1 mile) over chalk downland that is managed by Butterfly Conservation.  We anticipate seeing wildflowers and butterflies including the Chalk Hill Blue which breed on Horseshoe Vetch.  Some of the paths are steep and uneven in a few places so sturdy footwear is recommended and close focus binoculars are handy. Meet 2pm at the small gravel car park on B3404 (Arlesford Road) SU511294.

Update after the walk: Guided by reserves manager Jayne Chapman we had lovely views from the steep, south-facing hillside. Ten species of butterfly were seen including Chalkhill Blue and Small Heath as well as 3 day flying moth species, a Wasp Spider and wonderful wildflowers such as Clustered Bellflower, Harebell, Common Rockrose, Horseshoe Vetch and Kidney Vetch.  Two species of Robberfly were photographed, the Downland Robberfly (a rare species) being new to the reserve.

Hornet Robberfly
Downland Robberfly has caught a Common Blue

Pond dipping Froyle 26th August 2018

Update 25th August CANCELLED: The weather has beaten us again with a forecast of heavy rain.

Family fun –join us for a 1h dipping session on Sunday 26th August (postponned from 29th July) to see what underwater creatures we can find in the wildlife pond near Gid Lane, Froyle (see plan). Children will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.  All equipment will be provided and numbers are limited so it is essential to book by emailing info@froylewildlife.co.uk, stating preference for 2pm or 3pm session.

Dragonflies have thrived in the new habitat as well as pond skaters, water boatmen and whirligig beetles. Advice from wildlife pond experts is to let the pond colonise naturally over time. So please do not introduce any fish, aquatic species or pond plants because this could bring in diseases or potentially invasive non-native species.

The wildflower meadow surrounding the pond will be in flower attracting butterflies and other insects. Explore the paths to see what you can spot.

‘Drop-in’ at wildlife pond, Froyle 1st July 2018

On Sunday 1st July 10-12am & 2-4pm call in to visit the wildlife pond and meadow, near Gid Lane, Froyle. There will be plenty to see especially if it’s a sunny day, so do come along and see what’s flying and flowering.  Members of Froyle Wildlife will be on hand to assist with identification of dragonflies, butterflies and wildflowers. Species to look out for include; knapweed, lady’s bedstraw, rough hawkbit, self heal, purple loosestrife, water figwort, bird’s-foot trefoil, emperor dragonfly, four-spotted chaser, azure damselfly, meadow brown.

Last year we recorded 22 butterfly species, 13 dragonfly species and over 80 flowering plants at ‘Froyle Park Pond’, see species list 2017.

The pond area is open at all times to members of Froyle Wildlife and can also be seen from the adjacent public footpath. This project was funded by developer contributions through East Hampshire District Council and completed with the kind permission of Froyle Park Ltd.

Conditions of our access licence include visitors using only the stile for entry/exit (see plan) and no fires, BBQs or picnics. Advice from wildlife pond experts is to let the pond colonise naturally over time. So please do not introduce any fish, aquatic species or pond plants because this could bring in diseases or potentially invasive non-native species.

 

Heathland walk at Broxhead Common 27th July 2018

Join us on Wednesday 27th July 2018 for a walk at Broxhead Common. Enjoy a leisurely stroll (about 1 mile) over this SSSI heathland to see Silver-studded Blue butterflies which breed on the heather. Specific to heathland habitat this rare butterfly is small so close focus binoculars are handy. Meet 2pm at the layby on B3004 (Broxhead Farm Road) SU803373. Parking is limited so share lifts from Froyle Village Hall leaving at 1.40pm if you wish. The weather forecast is sunny 25C, so you may need hat, sunscreen and water.

Wild Orchids of Hampshire talk 15th May 2018

Bee Orchid

On Tuesday 15th May 7.30pm, we welcome Rosemary Webb -wild orchid expert and top photographer as our speaker. We’ll find out about some of the 30+ species of orchid found in Hampshire over a variety of habitats that include chalk grassland, heathland, marshland and woodland.  Come along and be enthused to seek out some of these beauties for yourself.

All welcome, teas and coffees, entrance £2 members of Froyle Wildlife, £3 non members. Doors open 7pm for talk to start at 7.30pm.

White Helleborine Froyle

Several orchid species including white helleborine and bee orchid have been recorded in Froyle, along with other wild flowers (see list of species).

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