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Tubular water-dropwort in Gloucestershire

As part of our HLF funded pond monitoring project PondNet, Freshwater Habitats Trust are seeking records of a number of declining wetland plant species including Tubular water-dropwort Oenanthe fistulosa from counties across England and Wales http://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/pondnet/twd-gwp-2017/ this is to update current records, and where possible set up (long term) structured monitoring at ponds in each county.

We have two different ways of recording the plant; either a very basic rapid assessment form which can be used on any habitat type: http://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/pondnet/twd-gwp-2017/recording-twd-gwp-other-habitats/ Or, a more detailed survey if the species is found at a pond (this is our priority): http://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/pondnet/twd-gwp-2017/recording-twd-gwp-in-ponds/

Have you or members of your organisation seen this species in Gloucestershire recently? If so, would you be willing to share the record with us? All data gathered will be made available to local and national records centres. GCER have kindly provided the records they hold, unsurprisingly most of which are from the floodplain of the Severn in wet meadows and ditches. We are particularly interested in finding ponds where tubular water-dropwort is still growing from anywhere in the county – any info you have would be appreciated.

If you are interested in helping to revisit a site where the species has been recorded in the past to complete a survey, please let me know and I will attempt to find you a local site.

Best wishes,
Pete Case
Regional Officer for Central England
People Ponds and Water
Email: pcase@freshwaterhabitats.org.uk
Mobile: 07703 808520
Twitter: @peterbcase
Web: www.freshwaterhabitats.org.uk


Strawberry theft by small animal

We have several raised beds with strawberry plants, and nearby another bed with courgette plants. They are all contained in a cage covered in chicken wire, to keep out the deer and pheasants, among other animals that would eat our vegetables. This is out in the country, near Caudle Green.

We noticed that we were not getting many strawberries and sometimes we found unripe ones cut off from their stems and lying on the ground under the plants. Today we found part of the answer. On going to pick some courgettes we found this huge stash of rotting strawberries. A creature has been picking the strawberries and carrying them to the courgette bed.

We have a huge population of voles in the garden, so perhaps it is them, or perhaps a mouse?

Richard and Jenny Beal


National Meadows Day – 1st July 2017

National Meadows Day

Celebration
Saturday July 1st 2017 from 10:30
at the
Angus Buchanan Recreation Ground
Victoria Rd, Coleford, GL16 8DS

National Meadows Day celebrates the wildflowers and wildlife in traditional meadows and grassland. Open from 10:30AM to 3:30PM there will be guided walks at 11:00 and 2:00 with specialists on hand to help identify flowers and insects. From 1:00 to 2:00PM you can get expert advice on how best to photograph wildflowers.

The walks are free and all are welcome, please wear sensible shoes or trainers. There is plenty of free parking.

Dean Meadows Group
www.deanmeadows.org.uk


Birds of Prey Day at John Moore Museum – Saturday 11 February

A Live Animal Event for February half-term week

John Moore Museum
Saturday 11th February 2017
10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm
John Moore Museum, 41 Church Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5SN
For the start of Half Term week in Gloucestershire, the museum welcomes back J.R.C.S Falconry who will be bringing along a selection of birds of prey from their extensive collection.

Visit us to meet a Golden Eagle, a Hooded Vulture, an Eagle Owl, a Little Owl, an American Kestrel and a Barn Owl.  An opportunity to see birds of prey, from some of the largest to the smallest.

A falconer will be on hand to answer all your questions about these amazing birds as well as on the ancient art of falconry.

Admission: Adult: £3.50, Seniors & Students £3.00, Children £1.50

Contact: Simon Lawton (Curator)
E-Mail: curator@johnmooremuseum.org
Website: www.johnmooremuseum.org
Telephone: 01684 297174

Discovering Bats Day at The John Moore Museum – Saturday 22 October

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Time Four sessions to choose from:
10.30am to 11.30am
11.45am to 12.45pm
2.30pm to 3.30pm
3.45pm to 4.45pm
Venue John Moore Museum, 41 Church Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5SN
Details Discovering Bats!
Why do bats hang upside-down?
How do they find their way in the dark?
What different types of bats live in the UK?
How can I encourage them to visit my garden?
Renowned bat expert David Endacott will be at the museum with a selection of live, rescued British Bats to explain all about these fascinating creatures of the night.  Also displays by the Gloucestershire Bat Group where you can learn about their work and how to join.  This is the perfect opportunity to find out the truth about these much misunderstood animals.

PLUS
Pick up FREE information on how you can help bats, and take part in our craft activities – make your own origami bat!
Tickets available on the door or in advance from the museum
Adults £4.00 / Seniors & Students £3.50 / Children £2
(Tickets include admission to the John Moore Museum & The Old Baptist Chapel).

Notes Contact: Simon Lawton (Curator)
E-Mail: curator@johnmooremuseum.org
Telephone: 01684 297174