If you live off Shire Way or Rodford Way, you could be interested in a new group aimed at encouraging wildlife in gardens and nearby.
Local residents Clare and Mat Woodman said “The group will be launched to give people the chance to share ideas, tips and suggestions in helping to make the area more wildlife friendly and a wonderful place to live. From backdoor wildernesses to public open spaces we all can play a part in helping to protect and nurture our outdoor areas. In our busy lifestyles we sometimes lose contact with nature and our projects will be a chance to step back and enjoy the basics again”
“Gaining volunteers to help put up bird feeders and nest boxes along Shire Way will be one of our many initiatives. We’re going to have the first meeting of the Shire Way Conservation Group on Tuesday 9th May 2017 at 7.00pm at Shire Way Community Centre – everyone will be welcome”
“The area already plays host to a variety of birds and animals including green woodpecker, tawny owl and goldfinch. Part of our work will be to ensure the continuing protection of these species plus the additional support needed for the declining number of bees and hedgehogs affecting us nationwide”
“In collaboration with local councils we will be actively looking to develop roadside ‘micro meadows’ as well as working towards projects in other areas.”
Dodington Parish Councillor Paul Hulbert, who is supporting the project, said “I’ve always concentrated on larger scale projects like Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, but I’m keen to find out more about these important small scale initiatives closer to home”
“As well as our gardens we have a lot of green spaces in our part of the town, perfect for wildlife. This very local initiative could also be a way for families to get even small children interested in the natural world on their doorsteps”
“This will very much be an ongoing community based project, aiming to reach out to local schools, organisations and existing conservation groups to develop awareness and support. We’re hoping to get local experts to come and speak to the group”