The Wildlife Habitats Group is an informal group of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust (RWT) members who are interested in creating and conserving good habitats for wildlife.
Who we are?
This is a friendly group of people who are all members of Radorshire Wildlife Trust, that encourage wildlife on their own patch, however large or small. For example a window box filled with bee-friendly flowers, or very big plot, such as a farm with traditional hay meadows. Private gardens, small holdings, community gardens, local nature reserves and farms can all have wildflower meadows, hedges of native species, ponds, new tree plantings and mature trees, and the principles of management for wildlife are similar wherever these features are found.
What we do?
We have three or four events each year. These include guided visits to a wide range of managed habitats: allotments, wildlife-friendly gardens both private and public, farms, smallholdings, private nature reserves, wetlands, woodlands, and orchards. We also have occasional 'study' days. In 2013 there was a day devoted to veteran trees, with a fascinating morning seminar and an afternoon visit to parkland containing some magnificent ancient oaks. In July 2014 we had a 'Garden Insects Day', with morning presentations from County Recorders and an afternoon hunting for insects in the beautiful gardens of a country mansion.
Events are well attended and sociable. We make a point of always offering refreshments! Tea, coffee, cakes and occasionally wine give people a good opportunity to meet others with similar interests and to exchange ideas and experiences.
The group is still quite new and has the potential to expand its activities in various ways. Ideas are welcome!
How we are run?
The group has a voluntary co-ordinator who plans events and keeps members informed by email. People who don't use email are welcome to telephone her for information. We advertise events in the RWT Newsletter but send out detailed information on place and time by email or phone.
How to join?
The only qualifications for joining the group are RWT membership plus interest and enthusiasm. To join, send an email to the voluntary co-ordinator, Joan Payne, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring her on 01547 528602.
There is no membership fee and most of our events are completely free – just occasionally we need to ask for a small contribution to cover immediate costs such as refreshments or the hire of a venue.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Four visits have been arranged as outlined below:
Saturday 6th May - a visit to a privately owned mixed age semi-natural woodland with meadow and pond habitats, which are managed to maximise biodiversity.
Saturday 17th June - a visit to Turnastone Court Farm in Herefordshire's Golden Valley, with water meadows that have not been ploughed for 400 years.
Sunday 9th July - a visit to the Begwns ponds with Hannah Shaw of the Freshwater Habitats Trust and Radnorshire county dragonfly recorder, Bob Dennison.
Saturday 9th September - a revisit to Knucklas Castle Commnity Project following a 5-year programme of management completed in the castle woodland.