Local Wildlife News magazine – September to December 2016

lwn cover sept-dec 2016 smallThe latest edition of Local Wildlife News, covering the period from September to December 2016 is now available.

Click on the cover image to download (pdf format 1.8MB)

This issue includes:

The Greenways Annual Report for 2015/16

Risks to our wildlife post-‘Brexit’

Grass snakes in Ipswich parks and green spaces

Update on Purdis Heath by Butterfly Conservation

Holywells Park orchard

and details of more than 140 local events and activities for you to join 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


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.