We are very lucky to share our allotment site with some beautiful, interesting and sometimes rare plants and creatures. This is due to the geology of the site, where it is and how the site has been used for many decades.
Over the months to come we will add more detailed articles about many of the special plants and creatures with which we share our allotments, as well as provide tips on how to encourage more wildlife to your plot.
- 30 Days Wild30 Days Wild is The Wildlife Trusts’ annual nature challenge where they ask the nation to do one ‘wild’ thing a day, every day throughout June. Random Acts of Wildness can be anything you like – litter-picking, birdwatching, puddle-splashing, you name it! But to help you on your way, The Wildlife Trusts will also provide you with a FREE postal or digital pack of goodies to inspire your wild month – including an activity passport and a wallchart to track your progress.
- A welcome spring visitor – The Red Tailed Mining BeeWe are very lucky on our allotment site that we are part of the Whitehawk Hill Local Nature Reserve with its chalk grassland species of plants and insects. This means we can help protect some of these special creatures, including numerous bee species, by providing good habitat to support those living on the rest of the Local Nature Reserve.
- Animal Focus: The wily red foxIt’s quite common to see foxes on our allotments these days – once a denizen of the countryside this attractive bushy-tailed creature, common throughout the Northern Hemisphere, has also come to make towns and cities its home over the last few decades.
- Animal Focus: The remarkable Common ShrewOne animal that is likely to be living on your plot is the Common Shrew (Sorex araneus) which can make a home almost anywhere but is most commonly found in hedgerows, scrubland, grassland and deciduous woodland throughout the UK.
- What did you see during the #BigGardenBirdWatch?If you took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch we’d love to hear what species you saw over the weekend (Friday 29th – Sunday 31st January).
- Join in the Big Garden Bird WatchThe RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch takes please from Friday 29 – Sunday 31 January. Find out how to take part.