Local Wildlife News – May to August 2016

LWN cover April 2016Local Wildlife News Magazine

Summer edition – May to August 2016

Click on the cover image to download (pdf format 2.3MB)

This edition includes:

The RSPB Local Group House Sparrow and Swift survey

Why working for wildlife is good for you!

Purdis Heath update

a look ahead to the Bioblitz at Orwell Country Park

and more than 100 activities and events to get involved with…



Ipswich Wildlife Network leaflet and Map

Ips Wildlife Network coverClick on the cover image to download the new Ipswich Wildlife Network leaflet (PDF format – 3.2MB)

The leaflet includes a large map showing the network of nature reserves, parks and other green spaces and all the corridors connecting them, throughout Ipswich.

The leaflet also explains the purpose of a wildlife (or ecological) network and sets out how Greenways, Ipswich Wildlife Group and Ipswich Borough Council are going to maintain and improve the network – hopefully with your help!

If you would like any further details of the network or would like a printed copy of the leaflet, please contact us.

New Local Wildlife News magazine – Jan to April 2016

lwn cover jan 2016Welcome to the latest edition of Local Wildlife News magazine, produced by the Greenways Project to promote the activities and events of conservation groups in the Ipswich area.

Click on the cover image to download the pdf document (2.2MB)

In this edition:

Landseer Park grassland restoration project

Urban birds – house sparrows and swifts etc

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey

Fungi in Spring Wood

and much more – including more than 60 events and practical activities to get involved in!

Belstead Brook Park ‘Megabash’

Fancy a bonfire and some good old-fashioned hard work this Sunday?

Sunday 15th November 2015 – 10.00am to 3.30pm – meet at Bobbits Lane Car Park

Come and join the Greenways Project, Ipswich Wildlife Group and the Friends of Belstead Brook Park for a day of woodland coppicing, scrub clearing, dead hedging and cooking baked potatoes in the bonfire.

We’ll be working in Spring Wood and Kiln Meadow Local Nature Reserves- two of the finest wildlife sites in the Ipswich area and local experts are on hand to tell you about the history and wildlife of the area whilst we work.

The work includes raking up cut grass from the meadow and felling small trees that are invading the grassland, reducing its value for amphibians and reptiles. In addition, the Ipswich Wildlife Group Spring Wood volunteers will be carrying out the ancient art of coppicing in the Wood to start creating this year’s crop of beanpoles and peasticks for gardeners and allotment holders.

A lovely bonfire will hopefully stave off the worst of the autumnal weather and allow us to cook baked potatoes for the end of the session.

No experience is required, we provide all the necessary tools, instruction, guidance and tea coffee and biscuits!

For more information please see the poster below (click on link), or call James on 01473 433995 or 07736 826076 (including on the day)

BBP Megabash 2015 for web


Local Wildlife News September to December 2015

LWN cover Sept 2015

 The issue of Local Wildlife News, covering September to December 2015 is now available.

Click on the cover image to download (pdf format 2.2Mb).

Printed copies of the magazine should be available from the Tourist Information centre in Ipswich; Christchurch Park (Reg Driver Visitor Centre) and Holywells Park Stable Block, as well as some libraries.

This issue includes:

the Greenways Project Annual Report for 2014-2015;

IWG Wildlife Homes project – ‘behind the scenes’;

Glow worms at Piper’s Vale;

‘Defend our Nature’ – report from the RSPB local group, summarizing the slightly worrying state of our wildlife;

news and interesting articles from 12 local conservation groups;

and a full events listing including walks, talks, events, activities and conservation work parties

Local Wildlife News Magazine – May to August 2015

LWN May 2015 coverThe issue of Local Wildlife News covering May to August 2015 is now available, click on the cover picture to download (PDF format 2MB).

This issue includes: reports from the Friends Groups of Belstead Brook Park, The Dales Local Nature Reserve,Holywells Park, and Christchurch Park.

A feature on Stoke Park Wood Local Nature Reserve

An intorduction to Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s ‘Closer To Nature’ project.

An updates on ‘Wildlife Homes’

and full details of local events including guided walks, talks, activities and conservation work parties.

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

Spring Wood Day event

Spring Wood Day – Bank Holiday Monday 4th May – 11.00am to 4.00pm

A wonderful free event, ideal for children and families, to celebrate ‘spring’, ‘wood’ and ‘Spring Wood’!

Join us and Ipswich Wildlife Group and a host of other local conservation groups for a fun day of practical activities, guided walks, wildlife displays, live folk music, Morris dancing, maypole dancing and much more!

Poster for Spring Wood Day 2015




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.