Froyle Wildlife ‘walks and talks’ list for 2018 so far.
- Thursday 8th March 7.30pm, Village Hall, talk ‘My family and 50 other animals’ by natural history writer Dominic Couzens.
- April to be confirmed, talk about Amphibians and Reptiles.
- Tuesday 15th May 7.30pm, Village Hall, talk ‘Wild Orchids of Hampshire’ by Rosemary Webb.
- Sunday 24th June an open day at the Wildlife Pond, 10-12am and 2-4pm near Gid Lane, Froyle.
- Sunday 29th July pond dipping for families, 1.30pm and 2.30pm, wildlife pond Froyle.
- Mid-August, a walk at short notice at Magdalen Hill Down for butterflies when weather forecast favourable .
Our nearest SSSI is Bentley Station Meadow and Butterfly Conservation organise winter work parties to help clear scrub starting 10am on the first Wednesday of each month from October to March, the next one is on 7th Feb 2018.
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 27-29th Jan 2018 is a great excuse to watch your garden birds and find out how trends in bird numbers have changed.
In March 2017 we registered as a ‘Charitable Incorporated Organisation‘ with the Charities Commission.
The wildflower area on Froyle recreation ground has grown well and started flowering in May 2016 (see photos). It was sown in autumn 2015 with the help of 14 individuals after over 100 hours of volunteer time. This year’s annual cut and rake-up is on Saturday 28th July. In 2018 we plan to enlarge the area and sow cornfield annuals in the Spring.
The new wildlife pond and wildflower meadow near Gid Lane (see access plan) has produced an increase in local biodiversity since construction in 2016 and demonstrates how we can help to give nature a home.