Nature Round-Up

This is a new page where you will find information and documents relating to encouraging wildlife, both fauna and flora, to flourish on our Estate.  We hope you will find this section helpful, informative and thought-provoking.  The documents attached have been sent in by residents – this is your page, so please feel free to send information and ideas to us, via Hobdens, for inclusion.

On June 11th, twelve residents joined Brian Day, a wildlife expert and Willowhayne resident, for a tour of the Estate, to find out how to make the Willowhayne more welcoming to both flora and fauna native species.  The walk proved fascinating and demonstrated clearly how small changes in the way we garden can make a huge difference to the sustainability of plants, insects and larger wildlife.  Participants learned that the more native plant species you have in your garden, the more your garden will attract and retain wildlife.  Gardens that are mainly lawn are poor habitat for wildlife and high maintenance into the bargain!

Mr Day is happy to arrange further walks in a nearby wildlife area of Sussex for Willowhayne residents, if there is enough interest.  This could include dawn chorus walks, evening walks,  sea-watches for migratory birds, foraging walks for those interested in natural food, butterfly walks and also walks around urban green spaces, for example, Heene and Broadwater Cemeteries in Worthing, where big restoration projects are underway, and the Cortis Avenue Wildlife Garden.  Please let us know, via Hobdens, if you are interested in taking part.

October 2019 Update

Three new documents are added this month.  One is the latest list of birds whose populations are now at a critical level in Sussex, and  are therefore regarded as being of high conservation concern.  This list emphasises the importance of the conservation work that many of you are doing, and also the wisdom of planting native plants and changing to natural gardening strategies.  Note the number of birds that were very common, some even as garden birds, 50 years ago and which are now endangered, such as the House Sparrow, Starling, Grey Partridge, Lapwing, Herring Gull, Skylark, Song Thrush, Linnet, and Yellowhammer.  Please do all you can to encourage everyone you know to share their green space with birds.

New links for Birds and Butterflies

MINDSET AND BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION

Red-listed Butterflies 2019

Sussex Red-listed Birds 2019

Links to information documents

Gardening for wildlife

Fungi in the urban garden

Is landscaping relevant to an urban garden?

Conifers in urban gardens

The case for natural gardening with native species