Beanpole Day!

Beanpole Day – Sunday 26th April 2015, Millennium Wood, Bobbits Lane, Pinewood – 11.00am to 3.00pm

Come and buy lovely hazel beanpoles and peasticks for your allotment or garden – all produced by Ipswich Wildlife Group as a result of their work to help manage Spring Wood Local Nature Reserve.

The Groups sells the poles and peasticks to help pay for the tools etc required to manage the Wood – so all proceeds are re-invested direct back into the local area.

Beanpoles (8 foot long) are in bundles of 11 (to give you 5 pairs and a rod for across the top!) – and peasticks in bundles of 20 – good sized, fan shaped, well branched twigs, ideal for peas and other plants to grow up.

Hazel poles and sticks look fantastic in any garden and offer a more sustainable (and attractive) alternative to the rather straight bamboo canes. Other woodland produce can also be made available including linen line and fruit tree props, tomato sticks, thicker poles for building other structures etc etc – why not come along on the 26th April and find out more?

Bundles of each are just £4, so they are very reasonable too!B pole day

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”.

Photos from Wildlife Homes event 9/8/14

Making a bird box with Tim Page - Wildlife Homes 9/8/14

Making a bird box with Tim Page

25 families who’s gardens help form part of the wildlife corridor between Stonelodge Park and Ellenbrook Meadow in Belstead Brook Park, turned out to build new wildlife homes for their gardens!

More than 45 ‘new wildlife homes’ were built and taken away – including hedgehog houses, bird boxes, insect towers, and packets of wildflower seed to create mini-meadows.

Making a bug home with Ann

Making a bug home with Ann

Making a hedgehog house with Martin

Making a hedgehog house with Martin

Wildlife Homes event 9/8/14

Wildlife Homes event 9/8/14

The Greenways Project, Ipswich Wildlife Group and the Friends of Belstead Brook Park invited everyone who lives in the corridor joining the two parks/nature reserves – as their gardens are critical in allowing wildlife to link between the two sites.

This event was the launch of a wider programme of events over the coming years to try to improve the town’s ecological network. Each year, three areas of the network will be looked at in detail, and public events will encourage residents in the network to improve their gardens for as many species as possible. At the same time, the Borough Council, Greenways and other conservation groups will work together to improve our own sites – all aiming to avoid any further loss of biodiversity and hopefully increase it!