Woodland Trust have awarded us another free tree pack. Event 7 March 10:00-14:00

Photo credit: Woodland Trust

Photo credit: Woodland Trust

We’ve been successful with our application for a hedge pack, many thanks to the Woodland Trust again for their generous provision of trees. The saplings will arrive in early March and we plan to use them to fill gaps in existing hedges around Orchard Park, particularly in Aster Way and Sweetpea Way, Circus Drive, Ring Fort Road, Pagram Way, and near the Travelodge Hotel. We hope some of you will help us to do this, instructions will be provided.

If you have any tools you could bring (spades, trowels or similar) to compliment our small tools stock, this would be very helpful.

This event has now been confirmed as 10:00-14:00 on 7th March. Even if you can spare only 30 mins, your help is appreciated. If you can make the start, meeting point is the community centre. If not, we will let you know how to find us before the event. You can always phone us: 07902 454367.

Children under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Why is this important? As well as looking good to us, different species of hedge plants around Orchard Park provide a range of fruits in autumn, and shelter during the spring and summer, for the animals that live here. Filling gaps in the hedgerows has been identified as an important task for habitat management in the Habitat Management Plan written for Orchard Park Wildlife Project by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. The Hedgelink website also says ‘they are valued too for the major role they have to play in preventing soil loss and reducing pollution, and for their potential to regulate water supply and to reduce flooding’ and that ‘hedgerows may even have a role to play in taking greenhouse gases out of circulation through carbon storage, if they are allowed to expand in size. Certainly any loss exacerbates climate change to some extent..’ For more information see Hedgelink’s website: http://www.hedgelink.org.uk/importance-hedges-and-hedgerows.htm

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Screening of Project Wild Thing Film, and local wildlife discussion

We look forward to seeing some of you at The Orchard Community Centre on Thursday evening at 6pm. A great film being shown for **FREE** during half term.

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To book tickets go to Eventbrite: https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/15497111277/

Or call the Orchard Community Centre: 01223 420750

It would be helpful if you can book in advance, but don’t worry if this is not possible, just turn up on the night. We hope you will feel inspired to pledge an hour of your time to help our local wildlife. There will be a short discussion with local wildlife experts after the film. Donations are appreciated to help cover the film license fee.

For more info on the film see: http://projectwildthing.com/

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Bird song from Saturday

Spot the Robin...

Spot the Robin…

Saturday was quite calm with little to no wind, so I took a walk over to the wildlife area. On the way I heard Great Tits, Blue Tits, Goldfinches, and when I arrived at the far end of the narrow strip, a Robin was on a tall tree (singing post) singing loudly and clearly. Lovely to hear. There’s a short recording of the song at:

and although there’s a rumble of background traffic noise, in real life it was the bird that was making the loudest, and by far most pleasing sound. You can also hear a Blue Tit in the middle of the recording. If you try hard you might be able to spot the Robin in the photo above… pic and sound was recorded on my phone, so apologies for the poor quality.

Twig spotting

We have several of these tree species in Orchard Park. Now the leaves have gone, why not try to identify them by their twigs… If we’re lucky with the application to the Woodland Trust for a hedge pack, we’re planning an activity in March to fill gaps in hedges around Orchard Park. See future blog and Facebook posts for more information.

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