Updated: Jun 16
No Mow May Did Iain's blog “No Mow May” inspire anyone to give the lawn mower a rest for a few weeks? We would be interested to know what wildflowers had a chance to bloom and whether anyone spotted pollinators visiting them. Leaving the green at Stonor Green uncut for a while has revealed cowslips, oxeye daisies, forget-me-nots, dandelions and buttercups, and feathery yarrow leaves.
Protecting and enhancing biodiversity on the new developments The importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity in and around new developments is well recognised. The National House Building Council (NHBC) has produced a useful guide – “Biodiversity in New Housing Developments - Creating Wildlife Friendly Communities”, and we would urge all those companies building new housing in Watlington to work with the community to maximise opportunities for wildlife to thrive by protecting, creating and connecting habitats, as outlined in the Green Plan Group’s Position Statement on development and biodiversity
Hedgerow Project It is great to see that our Hedgerow Project and film are part of a much wider move to raise the profile of hedgerows! The inaugural National Hedgerow Week was launched on the 29th May to highlight the immense contribution these unsung heroes of the natural world make in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss and to raise awareness of the threats they face. As spring moves forward the task of identifying trees and shrubs becomes easier, and our team of enthusiastic hedge survey volunteers have been busy walking along local hedgerows to record their width, height, species composition and stage of growth. We are building up a detailed picture of the state of hedgerows in the parish. This will help us to plan for improving the hedgerow network which is so vital for wildlife, protecting soils and sequestering carbon. We plan to do some hedge planting and management during winter 2021-2022 and would welcome support from additional volunteers.
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