Caring for the environment
Reduce - Reuse - Recycle
Flattened crisp packets can be dropped off in the red phone box. These are recycled by Terracycle and raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. A new drop off point will be announced in 2021 for toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, water filters, empty medicine blister packets, cheese packaging, biros, bread bags, confectionary packaging, printer cartridges, batteries and water filters.
Making Space for Nature
Concern about loss of habitat and declines in wildlife led Grimstead Parish Council to support an initiative by the village nature group to increase biodiversity: the Nectar Bars. In October 2019, work began to scarify four strips around the edge of the village green, sow wildflower seeds and leave them unmown for a year. To the group's delight, the hard work paid off...
In June 2020, an astonishing 42 different species of plant were identified growing in the Nectar Bars. Some had been planted, but others had been there all the time waiting for an opportunity to pop up:
Daisy; Bugle; Common Mouse Ear; Common Sorrel; Creeping Cinquefoil; Creeping Buttercup; Meadow Buttercup; Dandelion; Hogweed; Cow Parsley; Marsh Cudweed; Red Clover; White Clover; Speedwell; Spear Thistle; Ribwort Plantain; Yarrow; Greater Plantain; Bird's-foot Trefoil; Wild Strawberry; Cuckoo Flower; Crow Garlic; Knapweed; Betony; Small Scabious; Hop Trefoil; Teasel; Hawkbit; Forget-me-not; Lesser Bindweed; Thyme-leaved Speedwell; Yellow Rattle; Selfheal; Ground Ivy; Red Dead-nettle; Oxeye Daisy; Field Woodrush; False Oat-grass; Cocksfoot; Yorkshire Fog; Lesser Catstail; Timothy; Devil’s-bit scabious; Hemp-agrimony
Happily, many insects were seen ‘nectaring’ on these new plants. In June 2019, when the green was all grass, a 20 minute bioblitz revealed two blackbirds and no insects. In June 2020, when the Nectar Bars were in full bloom, a 60 minute bioblitz identified:
Butterflies (Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Marbled White); Grasshoppers; Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus; Hoverfly Scaeva pyrastri; Hoverfly Syrphus ribsesii; Hoverfly sphaerophora scriptaĺ; 2 x Ichneumon species; 5 x Beetles species (including Oedemera nobilis, 7- Spot Ladybird and Corymbia rubra); Blackbirds; House Sparrows; Blue Tit; Small Flower Bees; Honeybees; Solitary Mining bee; 5 x Bumblebee species (including Early, Common Carder and White-tailed); Wolf Spiders; Nursery- web spiders; 3 x species of Flies; Speckled Bush-cricket (Photos Diana Cotter)
The small pond opposite the Reading Room was dug out in Autumn 2019 thanks to a group of volunteers from the village, Bentley Wood and Hazel Hill Wood. Both village ponds need annual maintenance to offer good wildlife habitats and remain attractive features of the village.
If you would like to join the nature group and get involved with these and other projects, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Future plans include the creation of a hedgehog highway.