7th March 6.00pm

IMG_1539We’re having a meeting at the Community Centre on 6th March at 7pm to look at amongst other things possible activities and funding sources for the wildlife project. Please come along and suggest any activities you’d like to see at Orchard Park. Is anyone interested in helping to manage the wildlife area for example? There’d be three or four activities each year through the seasons. You don’t have to commit to anything, but it would be great to hear if you’d be interested in joining these free, healthy and educational session….

The photo above is a bat box in need of attention. The scouts did a great job with the litter pick last year, but the wildlife area is in need of a bit of extra TLC.

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Has spring sprung?

Daffodil

Daffodil Orchard Park

We can’t be sure the worst of the weather is over, but there are signs that spring might be on its way. Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) help people to explore, study and enjoy their local environment. They have created two ispy games suitable for young children to encourage them to look for spring colours, and animals and plants. OPAL allow printing of the sheets for educational purposes – click the links below for the activity sheets.

I-Spy-Spring-colours

I-spy-signs-spring

Crysalis

crysalis

I noticed this on my window earlier today. I’m surprised as it’s not in a very sheltered spot. I’ve had a go at identifying it and think it might be a crysalis of a small or large white. The life cycle or life history of butterflies and moths goes like this (common term first, then scientific term is in brackets): egg (ovum), caterpillar (larva), chrysalis/pupa, then finally adult (imago) butterfly or moth. I’ve asked some friends of the OP Wildlife Project far far more knowledgeable than me to have a look too.

If you come across any during the cold months, you can have a go at identifying using the guide from UK butterflies:

http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species_family.php?name=all&stage=pupa

and for more information on the stages of butterflies and moths see:

http://www.ukleps.org/morphology.html

Impact of urbanisation on biodiversity levels around the globe..

Impact of urbanisation on biodiversity levels around the globe..

From the BBC:

the study highlights the value of green spaces in cities, which have become important refuges for native species and migrating wildlife…. lets do our bit in Orchard Park.

Click on the link above for more information.

National Nest Box Week, starts on February 14th…

Goldfinch, they occur at Orchard Park and like nyjer seed

Goldfinch, they occur at Orchard Park and like nyjer seed

From the British Trust for Ornithology: National Nest Box Week is great for birds. Starting on St Valentine’s Day, it’s the time we remind ourselves to provide homes for dozens of species, from Blue Tits to Barn Owls.

If you’ve never built a nest box before, why not give it a go this year? Or if you haven’t got the time, it’s easy to buy a good one. Go on, take part for Britain’s birds!

Take a look at the BTO website – follow the links for ideas on how you can take part — and remember if you can’t take part in Nest Box Week, any time of year is a good time to put up a nest box.

http://www.bto.org/nnbw/index.htm

Cambridge WoodWorks is a great source of nest boxes made from reclaimed wood: http://www.cambridgewoodworks.org.uk