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We continue to look after the wildflower area on Froyle recreation ground and the wildlife pond area near Gid Lane with volunteers. You can help to benefit wildlife and the community by volunteering so see a list of dates in 2024 for our work parties.

Our 2024 list of ‘walks and talks’

  • Thursday 21st March, ‘My Life with Raptors’ talk by Anita Ebdon, 7.30pm Froyle Village Hall.
  • Sunday 28th April, bird spotting walk in Froyle led by Keith Betton and view woodland bluebells, meet 9am Village Hall.
  • Saturday 13th July, join us for a ‘drop-in’ day at the Wildlife Pond to see what’s flying and flowering, anytime 10am – 4pm.
  • Sunday 14th July at 10am-11 or 11.15am-12.15, pond dipping for children, limited numbers so booking essential.
  • Friday 11th October, ‘Why We Need Trees’ talk by Ben Hamlin, 7.30pm Froyle Village Hall, joint meeting with Froyle Gardening Club.

FROYLE RECREATION GROUND  -Living Willow Dome maintenance, trim top growth, tie in loose rods. Weed around the trees planted previously and check the ties on stakes. Sunday 18th February 2024 10am-12 and 1-3pm

In Spring 2024 we sowed cornfield annuals again on a 5x10m area of bare ground. We removed any perennial weeds, rotovated the area and raked the soil before sowing. If you enjoy seeing wildflowers, then come and help us on Saturdays 16th and 30th March 2-4pm. This year’s annual cut and rake-up of the perennial meadow area is planned for 27th July 2024. Previously this area has grown well (see photos) after sowing in 2015 with the help of volunteers.

The wildlife pond and wildflower meadow near Gid Lane (see access plan and photos) has produced an increase in local biodiversity since construction in 2016 and demonstrates how we can help to give nature a home. The meadow area has established well but will still benefit from regular maintenance to avoid perennial weeds taking hold. Join us if you can help in 2024 on Saturdays 13th Apr, 20th Apr, 11th May, 25th May, 8th June,  29th June, 31st Aug, 28th Sep, 5th Oct.  Come and get involved with hands on nature conservation, see list of dates.

Alton Natural History Society organise regular talks and field trips in the Alton area, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/altonnaturalhistorysoc

Link to a map of public footpaths in Froyle parish. Check out our social networking on Instagram at instagram.com/froylewildlife/ or search the hashtag #froylewildlife.

Our neighbouring parish Bentley has a website for Bentley Wildlife.

Binsted Eco Networks provide a forum for local environmental topics, contact binstedeconetwork@gmail.com for more information.

See previous years ‘walks and talks’ list for 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. For more information see Posts and Past events.

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