News

After no ‘walks and talks’ so far in 2020 we may be able resume talks in the village hall in October. In view of the reduced number of events, we will giving free membership in 2020 to all those who paid for the 2019 calendar year. Those members who have already paid for 2020 may wish to regard this as a ‘donation’ or can request that their £5 paid goes towards their 2021 membership. We plan to continue looking after the wildflower area on Froyle recreation ground and the wildlife pond area near Gid Lane with individual volunteers rather than groups. Thanks for the positive comments received about the new living willow dome.

Nature in Froyle has carried on as usual during lockdown and here is a link to the map of public footpaths if you can exercise in this parish.

Our Froyle Wildlife ‘walks and talks’ for 2020 were postponed or rearranged because of coronavirus:-

  • POSTPONED -Tuesday 17th March ‘The Barn Owl Project Hampshire‘ by Kim Boog, Froyle Village Hall 7.30pm.
  • POSTPONED -Tuesday 21st April ‘Hampshire’s Chalk Grassland’ by Mike Allen, Froyle Village Hall 7.30pm.
  • Saturday 11th July, join us for a ‘drop-in’ day at the Wildlife Pond to see what’s flying and flowering, anytime 10am – 4pm.
  • Thursday 15th October, virtual AGM and talk Birds of the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica by Keith Betton 7pm.
  • Friday 20th November, talk TBA 7.30pm.

We constructed a living willow dome on Froyle recreation ground on Sunday 1st March 10am–12 and 1–3pm, thanks to volunteers who came along to help.

UPDATE 16th July -Our outdoor work with volunteers helping us in Froyle can now happen with social distancing, (see previous list of dates.) In Spring 2020 we sowed cornfield annuals again on a 5x10m area of bare ground. We removed any perennial weeds, rotovated the area and rake the soil before sowing. Volunteers assistance would be appreciated on Saturdays 2-4pm, 21st Mar and 4th Apr. This year’s annual cut and rake-up of the perennial meadow area is planned for 1st Aug 2020. 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 2020 on Saturdays 10am-12, 28th Mar, 20th Apr, 16th May, 6th June, 5th Sep, 5th Oct.  Come and get involved with hands on nature conservation. UPDATE -Our outdoor work with volunteers helping us in Froyle have restarted with social distancing.

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 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. For more information see Posts and Past events.

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