It’s not feeling like August at all as I write this!
I hope you managed to find a sunny 15 minutes for the Big butterfly count.
It’s useful to make a record of wildlife you spot in our area as we need to be able to point to what we have when we are at risk of losing it and in order to make suitable habitat improvements. iRecord is an excellent place to record sightings, including photos, online or via their App. If you need help with identification you can look at the resources on the website here or post your pictures on our Wildlife in Ascot Facebook Group.
The Wildlife Garden Awards scheme has been extended to the end of September. Please complete the self-assessment to find out what level your garden achieves. There is no requirement to attend an award ceremony or have your garden inspected. We would like to show that lots of people in our area care about supporting wildlife in their gardens. Please complete the form here: https://wildlifegardensawards.org/enter-the-awards/
Please get in touch if you live near Carnation Hall, Winkfield Row and can join the team looking after the newly planted pollinator patch there.
Here is a list of events coming up over the next month or so. It would be great to have more people involved so please come along and find out more.
Saturday 12th August – 9:30 am to 12:30
Conservation work at Allens Field. We will be working to complete the dead hedge at the dog agility area and carrying out wild flower and pollinator surveys (if it’s not raining!) as well as pond dipping to see if anything is living in our new pond in the woodland yet.
Meet in the car park off Liddell Way off Bouldish Farm Rd South Ascot SL5 9UZ or find us there if you come along later. Dress for gardening work with gloves.
If the weather is suitable and we have enough help – we will be carrying out a small mammal survey. We need help to set traps in the evening of Friday (11th) and will be checking them when we arrive on Saturday morning. Please reply to this email if you could help us from 8 to 9 pm on Friday evening. Thank you.
Wednesday 16th August 11 to 12:30
Summer holiday pond dipping at Englemere Pond. We will be dipping to find out what invertebrates live in the pond. Space is limited so please email us. This event is weather dependent.
Tuesday 22nd August 2 to 3:30 pm
Summer holiday pond dipping at Blackmoor Pond. We will be dipping to find out what invertebrates live in the pond. Blackmoor Pond is at the end of Sutherland Chase SL5 8TE. Space is limited so please email us. This event is weather dependent.
Wednesday 23rd August 8 to 9:30 pm
We will be surveying for bats using detectors near Woodside – please email for details. This survey is weather dependent.
Thursday August 24th 10 am to 12 o’clock
Tree Recording along Sandy Lane, North Ascot. Please let us know if you can join us.
Tuesday 5th September 7:30 to 9 pm
We will be surveying for bats using detectors around Coworth Park – please email for details. This survey is weather dependent.
Wednesday 6th September 7:30pm-9:30pm
A BBOWT guided bat walk in Windsor Great Park – more information here: https://www.bbowt.org.uk/events/2023-09-06-guided-bat-walk-windsor-great-park-wednesday-6-september
Tuesday 12th September 7:30pm-9:30pm
BBOWT Bats for beginners Talk and Walk at Woolley Firs – more information here: https://www.bbowt.org.uk/events/2023-09-12-bats-beginners-talk-and-walk-woolley-firs-tuesday-12-september
Tuesday 26th September 7pm
Berkshire Local Nature Recovery Strategy introductory webinar for residents. Get your free tickets here : https://rbwmtogether.rbwm.gov.uk/berkshire-local-nature-recovery-strategy
We are also thinking about organising a guided fungi walk – please let us know if you would be interested in this activity and if you have any suggestions of where we should walk.
Thank you for your support
on behalf of Wildlife in Ascot