I'm very pleased to be able to report that our small Wildlife Survey Group had a most rewarding and positive meeting on 21st Feb. Our discussions roamed around the following topics:
Survey progress and results so far
Group organised talks or visits or walks
A visit for our group to Home Farm to hear more about Henry and Richards wildlife friendly farming. see report in CRN last issue
Encouraging wild life friendly gardening
Playing a part in the Curry Rivel in Bloom activity this summer, Batty Piece and Eastfield to be included in presentation to the Judges. Details given on the Community Web site
Making use of the Web site and Facebook page to generate interest
Recently a list of all the birds reported so far was published all of which are shown on the map, but there are many more to be added . see here for the map
We now have a programme of walks and talks to look for wild life from Owls in Feb to Funghi in October and a new subject each month. We will publish details soon.
So for now please keep looking in your gardens or on walks round the Parish and let us know what you see and hear from the owls!
I will be publishing some photos I have taken in previous years to show what delightful wild flowers you will be able to see in May/June coming in Eastfield and Batty Piece. (Some photos have already been added to our Facebook page) The latter, being privately owned, the gate on Holdens Way is normally kept looked. Access can be by arrangement by contacting me on 259688 or if your agile enough simply climb over the gate. The owners request that you keep to the paths around the perimeter and through the middle of the field which are kept mown. Dog owners visiting should keep the paths clear by removing any dog poo . The same applies to Eastfield of course. A rubbish bin has recently been provided at the entrance to Eastfield to make life easier for you.
Thank you. David German
Drayton Village Hall
St Andrews Church