About Us

We are volunteer Wildlife Wardens for the Parish of Long Itchington, Warwickshire, including Bascote and Bascote Heath.

The parish now has two volunteer Wildlife Wardens. We are John Shenkman & Phillip Claydon, and we responded to a need for help in championing the cause of wildlife within the parish.

IMG_0385cThe role is to record and monitor the wildlife and habitats that exist, and find ways to protect and improve them. We are also involved in raising the community’s awareness of the large variety of wildlife sharing the parish with us, and finding active ways for residents to help make the parish a much more welcoming place for wildlife to live. Hopefully as the year unfolds we will pass on what can be seen within the parish for everyone’s enjoyment.

IMG_1425aWith ever greater pressures being placed on the environment we hope our efforts will help to make the parish a much more friendly place for nature, in turn making living within the parish an ever more pleasurable experience. With an abundance of wildlife a short walk away for everyone to enjoy, there can be no better cause for everyone to support. With this in mind we would be happy to hear of your experiences of the Flora & Fauna that you have been seeing within the parish (see contacts page).

This short poem says it all:

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night…

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies (abridged)