Froyle Wildlife ‘walks and talks’ in 2018 are over and the list for 2019 will be published in the new year.
Our nearest SSSI is Bentley Station Meadow and Butterfly Conservation organise winter work parties there as part of habitat management. Do come along if you can help starting 10am on Wednesdays 17th Oct, 7th Nov, 5th Dec 2018 and 2nd Jan, 13th Feb, 6th Mar 2019.
In 2018 we enlarged the wildflower area on Froyle recreation ground by sowing cornfield annuals in the Spring. We cultivated the bare soil twice in March and April with the help from volunteers. This year’s annual cut and rake-up of the perennial meadow area was at the end of July. Previously this area 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.
The 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. The meadow area has established well but will still benefit from light weeding to avoid thistles, nettles and docks taking hold. Join us if you can help in 2018 on Saturdays 10am-12, 31st Mar, 28th Apr, 19th May, 9th June.
Last year in March 2017 we registered as a ‘Charitable Incorporated Organisation‘ with the Charities Commission.