A new temporary resident! A female Mallard quite well camouflaged.
We are pleased to announce that Froglife are planning their Spring family/planting day at the pond site near the lower Glenmore Road entrance to the open space on Saturday 7th May from 11am to approximately 4pm. Froglife are asking for help and support from local residents, schools and other volunteers. Everyone who is interested in wildlife conservation is welcome to come along and enjoy the experience.
There will be free drop-in amphibian and reptile themed children’s craft activities under a gazebo plus a self-guided nature trail with information to take away. This is a wonderful practical and educational opportunity for young people to help and learn at the same time! Further details will be announced during the month.
Thanks to Froglife’s initiative, and Bexley’s council officers we have kept us informed of progress, we are now able to announce that funding has been obtained for substantial changes to be made to the pond area on the Open Space.
The latest schedule of work to take place is as follows:
Nov–Dec 2015 Pond creation: Installation of two new ponds, replacement of the fence with chestnut post and cleft rail (with stock wire fencing ) to deter casual dog access. Recycling the old fence with soil, to create a hibernacula (habitat pile offering winter shelter for wildlife).
Jan–Feb 2016 Tree works: Some coppicing of the south-facing woodland strip, to create sheltered sunny areas for reptiles and butterflies. Arisings to be stacked on site.
Planting of some smaller trees and shrubs along the north face of the woodland west of the new ponds. Volunteers can help with all the planting activities.
April–May: Planting up the new ponds and carrying out some amphibian and reptile surveying activity and training on site.
Late spring/summer: Celebration Dragon Day event for the new ponds.
Froglife will also offer a wildlife workshop for the adjacent allotments during the summer.
We congratulate everyone involved in the successful grant application and look forward to these improvements which will benefit our wildlife population. Those directly involved in the work are aware of the sighting of the hedgehog mentioned in our last post and care will be taken not to disturb these creatures.