We continue to look after the wildflower area on Froyle recreation ground and the wildlife pond area near Gid Lane with volunteers and social distancing. See a list of dates in 2021 for volunteer work parties.
Our 2021 ‘walks and talks’ list.
- Thursday 4th March, talk ‘Hart Wildlife Rescue‘, by Paul Reynolds, zoom 7.30pm
- Thursday 15th April, talk ‘Wildlife Photography – Tips and Experiences’ by Stephen Powles, zoom 7.30pm.
- Thursday 3rd June 10am-12 and Monday 7th June 7pm (both cancelled), walk at North Warnborough Greens SSSI for Early and Southern Marsh Orchids.
- Saturday 10th July, join us for a ‘drop-in’ day at the Wildlife Pond to see what’s flying and flowering, anytime 10am – 4pm.
- Saturday 24th July, walk at Bentley Station Meadow SSSI for butterflies 10.30am-12
- Saturday 31st July, plant survey at Froyle Churchyard and Cemetery 10am and 2pm, led by Alton Natural History Society.
- Saturday 7th August, moth evening at Wildlife Pond area 9.30pm.
- Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd August at 10am-11 or 11.15am-12.15, pond dipping for children, limited numbers so booking essential.
- Thursday 21st October, AGM and talk ‘My favourite British Wildlife locations‘ by Tom Mabbett, zoom 7.00pm.
In Spring 2021 we sowed cornfield annuals again on a 5x10m area of bare ground. We removed any perennial weeds, rotovated the area and raked the soil before sowing. Volunteers worked as individual households on Saturdays, 20th March and 3rd April. This year’s annual cut and rake-up of the perennial meadow area is planned for 31st July 2021. 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 2021 on Saturdays, 27th Mar, 24th Apr, 15th May, 29th May, 12th June, 5th Sep, 2nd 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 Tue 28th Sept, Sat 23rd Oct, Tue 30th Nov and Sat 18th Dec.
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 email@example.com for more information.
In 2017 we registered as a ‘Charitable Incorporated Organisation‘ with the Charities Commission.