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A walk on the wide side in Long Itchington

During this national crisis many of us have had a great opportunity to see nature at closer quarters than ever before, and explore our local wildlife spots as part of our one hour outdoor exercise. But for some going outside to see it for themselves is not possible, so an audio guided wildlife walk has been produced, based on a walk during September 2019. Produced in five separate parts, it is hoped that this guided walk will be of interest and help boost morale in these difficult times.

First, have a look at this video from the Long Itchington Parish Council website which will introduce you to the wild places of our parish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxbg0EoRCyA&t=11s

Then join Phil Claydon, our Wildlife Warden, to listen and to watch Part 1 of a Walk on the Wild Side here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ssQbXQ6YU&t=1s. Parts 2-5 to come.

Find out what flora and fauna share this parish with us and why living in a rural community such as ours can be so rewarding.

Snowford Hill Sunset

A New Year begins!

It has been a busy year with much having been achieved, but with much still to do. The wildlife wardens continue to do the very important monitoring of our parish wildlife, as well as undertaking proactive nature conservation activities. Many voluntary man hours have been spent on wildlife related activities this past year and many thanks must go to those who have given their time to help. Activities have ranged from litter picking, tree planting, village pond tidy up, hedgehog monitoring and nature reserve creation.

Village pond after the annual tidy up

The year ahead will continue to be busy with work to complete this year, the community nature reserve at Bascote Road. Anyone wishing to have an opportunity to get involved then please get in touch, we would be happy to hear from you (see contacts page). Getting hands on is a great way to get close to nature and help make a difference. Also, this year why not make your garden more wildlife friendly, by keeping a small part dedicated to wild flowers and grasses, or why not plant a tree. There can be nothing better than watching birds, butterflies and hedgehogs from the comfort of your own home, while also helping your local environment.

Also the community nature reserve has its own Facebook page (Bascote Road Scrubs Community Nature Reserve). So please visit and follow!

Tree planting at Bascote Road

P.S. We also look after and manage Whites Spinney, a great place to visit at any time of year. Enjoy the peace and quiet with a short circular walk around the spinney, with fine views across the countryside towards Bascote Heath and Southam.

Sun rays at Whites Spinney