Crowhurst Wildlife Verges & Projects

2021 Updates

Throughout Crowhurst we have a number of designated wildlife verges in an early stage of recovery. Here you will see regular updates on these sites, as well as many other projects of which we organise or participate in.

May Update - Getting Started Again

06/21

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Crowhurst Environment Group - May 2021

 

Getting started again

Mowing is now completed on the MUGA, Church and Nashes Verges to open up the sward for wildflowers and plants to flourish.  At Muriel’s Meadow, our 3 resident sheep have finished grazing and moved onto pastures new until the Autumn, having completed their work of keeping the grass low and ready for wildflowers and plants to emerge once more.

Millennium and other Verges

After a very cold, dry and late start to the growing season, Volunteers have started work on verges including ongoing planting and gardening at the Millennium Verge. You may have noticed the newly emerging cowslips and a new Crab Apple tree which was kindly donated by a member of Friends of Combe Valley. 

Please get in touch if you have any bee friendly and native plants you wish to donate. Donations are very welcome and will help to increase the plant diversity and beauty of the Millennium Garden.

Get involved in restoring verges

Work is ongoing to restore verges damaged by heavy vehicle traffic and in particular along the footpath down to the old post office and at the Triangle Verge which is a designated site for wildlife recovery.

Plantlife - a charity championing wildlife recovery – is a useful organization for those wishing to understand more about encouraging wild flowers on verges and in your gardens. To get involved and find out more, sign up to Plantlife, at news@plantlife.org.uk

‘Spring into Action on road verges

7 in 10 councils are making efforts to encourage wild flowers on road verges. We’re delighted to hear 38 councils are looking to expand on what they’ve already been working on, and a further 36 already have new plans for 2021 and beyond. This is positive news, and really shows that your voices are being heard and action is starting to happen on the ground.’ - Plantlife Newsletter

 

No Mow May

Did you know that not mowing your grass during May, not only gives you a break from your lawnmower, but greatly increases the insect and wildlife diversity of your lawn, allowing wildflowers to bloom and providing nectar for struggling pollinators ?

At the end of May, you can join in Plantlife’s Bank Holiday “Every Flower Counts” survey to discover how many bees the UK’s lawns can feed and a “nectar score” to indicate how many bees your lawn can feed. Your contribution will help Plantlife to learn more about the health of the nations’ wild flowers.

 

Trees and Hedges

Crowhurst is rich in bats and birdlife with bird nesting season in full swing. You can help to preserve and promote their wellbeing by valuing the trees and hedges in your gardens, planting native species and keeping outside lighting low and unobtrusive.  It is illegal to move or disturb birds during the nesting season or disturb bat roosts.  For further advice, please do contact us or our Crowhurst Tree Warden, Dr John Feltwell at john@wildlifematters.com

 

Many of our group’s initiatives have come from local residents and members.

If you have any ideas, projects or concerns you think we might be able to help with, please do get in touch.

New volunteers are always welcome, especially younger people! Here are our contact details:

 

Frances Royston: 830236 or roystonsuk@aol.com

Will Kemp: 830454 or willkemp750@live.com

Sonia Plato: 830349 or howleyplato@gmail.com

 

Keep safe!

Crowhurst Environment Group