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Whites Spinney January 2022

Woodland Activities and Crafts

Saturday 29th January at 2pm.

Help us look after a very special place and join the parish wildlife warden for an afternoon of wildlife conservation activities.

To keep the spinney in good health some light woodland management is needed. Come along and help prune some of the small trees to make room for more wildlife.

Also, get hands on with a rural craft, making hurdle fences.

None of the activities are physically demanding, and provide an enjoyable way to spend time in the great outdoors!

Please bring loppers and secateurs, plus gloves, stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing.

Whites Spinney can be found just off the Lias Line Cycleway between Bascote Road and Stonebridge Lane.

Sun rays at Whites Spinney

Village Pond Tidy up 2021!

Saturday 30th October at 2pm.

The pond is a well-loved part of village life and to keep it in good shape it needs some care & attention.

If you enjoy visiting the pond and want to see it continue in good health for another year then please come along a lend a hand. Everyone Welcome!

The tasks to be undertaken are suitable for all age groups, all that is needed is a willingness to get stuck in and have a good sense of humour! Please bring hand shears, secateurs and rakes.

The tidy up is an important activity and by taking part you are helping wildlife and the community.

Volunteering opportunities

As autumn and winter approach, a new season for nature conservation begins. Over this period of time wildlife is less active and plants/trees become dormant. This makes for the best time to undertake various conservation tasks to maintain and improve wildlife habitats, with the minimum impact.

It is hoped (as long as the pandemic allows) to hold a number of wildlife conservation sessions over the next few months. Locations will include Bascote Road Community Nature Reserve, Whites Spinney and the village pond.

Itchen Riverwatch Project

Also, in addition there is a new project starting that needs volunteers. This project is a little different, if you enjoy the River Itchen and wish to see it continue to be in good health, then this could be for you. The project is about monitoring the health of the river, so as to ensure we understand its condition and gain warning of any change in its health. Volunteers are needed to help with collecting data on water quality across different locations along the river, within the parish. The task is straight forward, just requiring good observation and a little bit of patience.

Anouncements about future nature conservation activities will be placed on the parish email bulletin, this website, and also on the nature reserve Facebook page.

Or you can express an interest via email and you will receive notification of any up coming activities.

If you wish to take part in the Itchen Riverwatch project then please email your interest.

Bascote Scrubs Community Nature Reserve

Good news!

After a lot of work in between lockdowns we are happy to announce, a small section of the nature trail through the reserve is now open.😀

It is now possible for visitors to experience the reserve and see what the efforts of our community have created. We hope visitors will be able, through quiet enjoyment, better appreciate our local wildlife.

Work is still ongoing with plenty still to do, improving the surface of the trail with stone reclaimed from elsewhere on the reserve, continued work on the new pond, construction of more rustic fencing and further improvement of habitats.

The reserve is home to wildlife, so we ask visitors to act as guests and respect nature. Please follow the guidance on the noticeboard at the reserve entrance before entering.

It is important to note that currently no dogs are allowed to enter the reserve. It is unfortunate, but the presence of dogs is disruptive to wildlife. With the large increase in dog ownership recently, wildlife is in need of a place free of disturbance.

New surface to path has been laid.