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Wild about gardens week 2016

This year WAGW runs 24th-30th October

This year WAGW runs 24th-30th October

(Reproduced from http://www.wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk) 

Wild About Gardens Week 2016 is a joint initiative by the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts and Bat Conservation Trust to encourage people to support wildlife in their gardens

Last year Wild about Gardens Week focused on Hedgehogs.  This year the focus is on our UK bats. This is more important than ever. In 2013, wildlife researchers found that 60 percent of UK animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years. Among the variety of reasons for this is loss of habitat.

Many of our common garden species – bats, hedgehogs, house sparrows, and common frogs, for example – are becoming much less common. There are an estimated 15 million gardens in the UK. Together they cover a greater area than all the National nature reserves! By making our own gardens and local green spaces more wildlife-friendly, we can help support a wide range of species.

What can you do?

Wild About Gardens Week runs from 24-30 October 2016. This year they’ll be looking at steps we can take to support bats and other wildlife. But don’t wait until October! There are lots of things you can do right now to support wildlife in your garden or community green space.

They’ve created some fantastic resources to help you along the way, from building insect hotels to creating hedgehog highways. There are plenty of fun activities you can do throughout the year to help your local wildlife.

For even more wildlife gardening tips, visit the Wild About Gardens website for ideas on things that can be done in an hour, a day or a weekend. And to be kept in the loop about plans for this year’s Wild About Gardens Week, send them an email and they’ll contact you as soon as there’s more information available.

Follow #WildAboutGardens on Twitter for regular tips on how you can make a difference to the wildlife in your garden. Have a question? Contact them on Facebook or Twitter and they’ll do their best to help.

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Springbank Road Community Garden

Poster time!

Poster time!

Josie and Anne from the Springbank Road Community Garden write;

Hello Everyone,

Posters: We are preparing to print some posters to promote the Springbank Road Community Garden. We’re proud of becoming a Mayor of London ‘Pocket Park’ and of wining an RHS ‘Developing Award’ so please help us choose a Garden_Poster.

Email us and say which poster you prefer!

Regular Gardening Date: The second Saturday of the Month is our community gardening day, come rain or shine. Time: 11-2 pml.

Having just said that, the next Springbank gardening day will be Saturday 7th November.

Tasks: Pruning the larger shrubs (shaping them into balls), moving some plants and
defining a path. So please bring your secateurs!

The change in date is to accommodate the Community Meadow Sowing Day on Saturday 14 November (11-2pm) which we are organising jointly with FUSS and Streetscape at Hither Green Station. More details about this event shortly- but do put it in your diaries!

Thanks
Josie and Anne

 


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Wildlife Gym at Old Tidemill wildlife garden

Old Tidemill wildlife garden

Old Tidemill wildlife garden

Grow, Cook Eat, Meet

Connect with people and nature and get ,active at Wildlife Gym. Combining food growing, conservation and cooking.

Develop new skills and knowledge about wildlife and food growing. Improve your health and wellbeing by cooking and eating fresh healthy meals and have fun, whilst meeting new people.

Find out more at their Project Dirt page.

Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden

Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden

Where: Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden, Reginald Road, Deptford SE8 4RS

When: Wildlife Gym runs every Friday from 10am to 1pm. Please arrive at 9.45am to join in the group introduction when newcomers will be welcomed and the gardening and cooking tasks for the day are discussed.

Cost: A healthy freshly cooked lunch will be shared from 12pm, donations are welcome. If you would just like to join just for the sit down lunch there is a suggested donation of £3.


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Wild about Gardens Week (WAGW)

Help our hedgehogs! Gardeners encouraged to unite to save the nation’s hedgehogs

 Hedgehog Street

Wild About Gardens Week:

Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November 2015

Wild About Gardens Week, the annual celebration of garden wildlife hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts, is teaming up with Hedgehog Street this year to highlight how gardeners can help our hedgehogs. This much-loved creature is declining in Britain as fast as the tiger.

Hedgehogs are in trouble – they have declined by 30% in the last 10 years alone and there are now thought to be fewer than one million left in the UK. To help encourage people right across Britain to think about how hedgehog friendly their gardens, schools and community spaces are, this year’s Wild About Gardens Week will form a week-long call to action and a celebration of the humble hedgehog, packed with events, competitions and opportunities to get stuck in.

For more information about how to help hedgehogs please see notes below or our new ‘Get creative for hedgehogs this autumn’ booklet – now on the website.

Hedgehog facts and figures:

  • Hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30% since 2002
  • Today there are estimated to be fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK. The main drivers are thought to be: declining hedgerow quality; the over-management of parks and green space; loss of gardens to paving/decking; reduced insect prey from chemical use in gardens and on farmland; loss of grazing land; the fragmentation of land by roads, fencing and increasing density of native predators.
  • Adult hedgehogs travel between 1-2 kilometres per night over home ranges between 10-30 hectares in size.
Create a home for hedgehogs

Create a home for hedgehogs


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Mayfield in the sunshine

The last time we visited Mayfield we had glorious sunshine and blue skies.  This time when we visited Mayfield we had glorious sunshine and blue skies – there must be something about the place!  At our last visit we constructed some raised beds, built a bug hotel and stag beetle loggery.  We all enjoyed visiting this site and knew that there was a lot more to do, so we were pleased that Anna was keen to have us back.

Busy as bees!

Building the raised beds

Some of the volunteers got to work on some more raised beds, small yet perfectly formed beds so people can learn to grow their own food. There are already a few beds here with things growing in them, so it was great to build some more so that others can get involved. 

While this was going on, a few people took on the tasks of weeding, creating an edged border and clearing the courtyard of weeds and bramble. All very imprtant jobs that have made a huge difference to the site.

weeding, borders and clearing

We also got to work on fixing up the bug hotel that we started last time.  Thanks to Judith from Glendale we had a few more materials to add to it including some pipes.  Anna also gave us some bamboo which is great for many insects.  Bug hotels are very simple and easy to make and can be very benefcial.  However, they don’t have to be big to be useful!  Just have a look at this great ideas from the RSPB and Gardeners’ World.

Our bug hotel

At the end of the day we were all hot and tired but felt as though a good days work had been done, looking back at the site at that afternoon was very satisfying!

 

 


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The Song thrush

A popular and once familiar garden the Song thrush numbers are declining seriously, so much so that it is now a Red List species.  

(galleryofbirds.com)

The Song thrush has brown plumage and a speckled chest which is typical of a thrush. It lacks the white eye stripes of a Redwing and so can be mistaken for a Mistle Thrush. However, the Song thrush is smaller, with warm brown upperparts and a rather dark face. It lacks the white tips to the corners of the tail and the white edges to many of the wing feathers shown by a Mistle Thrush. Song thrushes frequently feed on snails which they smash against a stone or hard surface. They also eat earthworms, slugs, caterpillars, other invertebrates and fruit and berries in the winter.

Song Thrush numbers remained stable until the mid- 1970s after which they declined steadily, with an estimated reduction of 70% in farmland and 45% in woodland habitats between 1971 and 1995. There are lots of reasons for this decline, but it has probably been caused by the loss of their preferred feeding and nesting habitats.  The loss of hedgerows and wet ditches removed feeding and nesting sites.

What is Lewisham doing?

A number of local Councils including Lewisham are trying to readdress the balance by writing Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPP)  for the Song thrush. Youe can read Lewisham’s BAP here and by searching the site you will find other Council’s BAPs for the Song thrush.

How can you help?

There are lots of simple things that you can do to help the Song thrush;

  • Stop the use of slug pellets in your garden or allotment.  Alternatives include developing low shrub growth to encourage birds and frogs which will help control the slugs and snails as well as other garden pests.

  • Remember to put out food for birds in winter – on the ground as well as on the bird table, to allow for ground-feeding species.  Providing a source of water would also be beneficial.

  • You could also  create a woodpile to encourage insect larvae and snails, located near to a thick shrub or hedge to offer protection to song thrushes whilst they feed.

Finally, you can let us know if you have spotted a Song thrush in your garden/allotment or maybe out on a walk!  Please use the comments box below to let us know where and when you saw them.  THANKS!