The Greenways Countryside Project protects and enhances the countryside and open spaces around Ipswich,  for the benefit of wildlife and local people.

Alderman Canal Building a stag beetle pile

Toad Patrol – it’s nearly Spring again!


Every year, when the temperature starts to pick up in February and March, the huge colony of Common toads in Belstead Brook Park (s-w Ipswich) start to wake up from hibernation and move to their breeding ponds near Bobbits Lane. The toads have to cros Bobbits Lane and sadly often get squashed if we don’t help them.

So, this year we will once again be supporting the huge number of wonderful volunteers who turn out at dawn or dusk to ‘help a toad across the road’. In recent years, volunteers have moved more than 5000 toads in the season, so there is a very good chance to see them and help maintain the colony.

If you haven’t been a toad patroller before, please come along to our Introduction and training event on Wednesday 18th February 2015, at 7.00pm at the Scout Hall on Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich (IP2 9TH), to learn all about toads and other amphibians, and how to operate the ‘patrol’.

The event is open to everyone – you don’t have to become a toad patroller, you can just come along to learn about this fascinating species from local experts.

Free event with light refreshments lasting about an hour and a half.

Local Wildlife News Jan to May 2015

jan 15 coverLWN

The issue of Local Wildlife News covering January to May 2015 is now available.

Click on the cover picture to download (PDF format, 1.75MB).

This issue includes:

a special feature on stag beeltles and what you can do to help them;

an update on Purdis Heath and the Silver-studded blue butterflies;

the dormice of Belstead Brook Park; and

details of local events including guided walks, work parties and talks

Details of events can also be found in the Green Living Centre “What’s On”.