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We continue to look after the wildflower area on Froyle recreation ground and the wildlife pond area near Gid Lane with volunteers. You can help to benefit wildlife and the community by volunteering so see a list of dates in 2022 for our work parties.

Our 2022 ‘walks and talks’ list will be published in the Spring.

Alton Natural History Society has a talk on Friday 21st January at Alton, “Froyle Survey – Birds and Botany” by June Chatfield and Isobel Girvan. This joint project to record plant species in Froyle started in 2021 as an update to a previous survey in 1991. The variety of locations surveyed includes roadside verges, field and wood edges alongside public rights of way as well as other areas with landowner’s permission. The survey will be continuing in 2022.

In Spring 2022 we plan to sow cornfield annuals again on a 5x10m area of bare ground. We need to remove any perennial weeds, rotovate the area and rake the soil before sowing. If you enjoy seeing wildflowers, help us on Saturdays, 19th March and 2rd April. This year’s annual cut and rake-up of the perennial meadow area is planned for 30th July 2022. Previously this area has grown well (see photos) after sowing in 2015 with the help of volunteers.

The wildlife pond and wildflower meadow near Gid Lane (see access plan and photos) has produced an increase in local biodiversity since construction in 2016 and demonstrates how we can help to give nature a home. The meadow area has established well but will still benefit from regular maintenance to avoid perennial weeds taking hold. Join us if you can help in 2022 on Saturdays, 9th Apr, 23rd Apr, 14th May, 28th May, 11th June, 3rd Sep, 7th Oct.  Come and get involved with hands on nature conservation, see list of dates.

Bentley Station Meadow is our nearest SSI and Butterfly Conservation organise habitat management volunteer work parties 10am on Wed 26th Jan and 23rd Feb 2022.

Nature in Froyle has carried on as usual during lockdowns and here is a link to the map of public footpaths if you can exercise in this parish. Check out our social networking on Instagram at instagram.com/froylewildlife/ or search the hashtag #froylewildlife.

Alton Natural History Society organise regular talks and field trips in the Alton area.

Binsted Eco Networks provide a forum for local environmental topics, contact binstedeconetwork@gmail.com for more information.

In 2017 we registered as a ‘Charitable Incorporated Organisation‘ with the Charities Commission.

See previous years ‘walks and talks’ list for 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. For more information see Posts and Past events.

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