Wildlife spotted on site

White Egret in the river

Our members record some of the wildlife spotted on site on a board by the Clubhouse.

This is what has been seen:

  • Fleck Fieldfares
  • Goshawk (male)
  • Pair of Egrets (see video here)
  • Group long tailed tits
  • Pheasant
  • Slow worms
  • Newts
  • Comma butterfly
  • Peacock butterfly
  • Foxes

Photos

Here are some photos of wildlife sent by members.

Comma butterfly

Slow worms
Newts

 

 

Frog spawn survey

We have seen frog spawn in the wildlife garden pond!  We know we have newts but it’s been a while since we’ve seen any frog spawn.   Hopefully there will soon be little tadpoles swimming around.

Frog spawn survey

The sighting has been uploaded onto the annual PondNet Spawn Survey 2021.

The Freshwater Habitats Trust are asking for help collecting data on the whereabouts of frog and toad spawn across the country by taking part in their PondNet Spawn Survey 2021.

If you seen any frog spawn in your pond then please upload the sighting.  Your survey findings will be fed into their WaterNet database that is freely available for Government bodies, NGOs and local people to download to feed into local wildlife plans and other surveys.

 

Spring Community Spruce days

Dorset Road Allotments is maintained by our Members who volunteer to help out.   This Spring we will be holding a series of community spruce days for Members to help maintain the site.  These days will comply with the Covid regulations.

Dates

Sunday 7th March, 11.00am – 1.00pm

The wildlife garden needs clearing of brambles in some areas, strimming the long grass and cutting back and planting new hedgerows. We’ll also be replacing the plastic covering the site nursery polytunnel.

Sunday 28th March, 11.00am – 1.00pm

We’ll be continuing work in the wildlife garden including looking at the decking platform, planting new trees in the orchard and setting up the site nursery, with some seed sowing and clearing of site rubbish.

Sunday 11th April, 11.00am – 1.00pm

Seed sowing of tender crops for Plant Sales Day, pricking out and potting on,  and repair of fences around the site

Sunday 23rd May, 11.00am

Plant Sales Day, when we’ll be selling mainly vegetable plants for members’ and friends plots and gardens, including squashes, courgettes, sweetcorn, tomatoes, beans etc.

If you cannot make one of the Community Spruce dates please check the Jobs Board for site work that needs doing.