Despite the wintery conditions of the last few weeks progress continues to be made at Bascote Road Scrubs Community Nature Reserve project. Though it is not always immediately apparent but work to improve the reserve for wildlife and also the general public has taken place. Removal of litter from the roadside has so far produced two large bin bags of glass, plastic,cans and food wrappers. This is an ongoing activity as rubbish is continually being thrown on the roadside by the inconsiderate. This waste is harmful to the environment and also to public health. On a more positive note the eagle eyed will have seen more rustic fencing appear at the southern end. This is to deter fly-tipping and encourage access via the correct entrance. Much more work is still to be done but hopefully later this year the results should be clear for all to see.
Elsewhere litter-picking took place at Whites Spinney to remove rubbish left behind by persons unknown. The litter pick again generate over two large bin bags of glass,plastic,cans and food waste (as shown below). We ask that all visitors take their rubbish home with them and that they keep to the paths. Access is via the public footpath at the eastern end, please do not try to use the steep slope at the northeast corner as it is (despite appearances) not safe.
Over the next three months a small group of young adults will be volunteering as part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, with the parish wildlife wardens. They will be helping with wildlife conservation tasks around the parish. Their arrival is very welcome and we hope they have an enjoyable & positive experience. All of the fence work undertaken at Bascote Road nature reserve so far this year are their efforts. Their contribution will be seen here and elsewhere in the parish over the next months.
On Saturday 21st of April the Annual Parish Meeting will be taking place. It is an opportunity for the community to find out what is happening within the parish and meet and discuss directly local matters that are important to you. The wildlife wardens will be there so please come along and have a chat to find about more about your local wildlife and environment.
Finally with spring upon us, we ask that you make room for wildlife, in what ever way you can. The local wildlife needs your help.