Mar 072017

In addition to learning about tassel stonewort and surveying for them, people may feel inspired to help survey the commons in future. Places are limited and booking essential – details on poster (PDF file): 20170328 Tassel Stonewort Inglestone Gloucs

Thanks for your help
Ann Harris
Hawkesbury & Inglestone Commons Officer
Environment and Community Services Team
South Gloucestershire Council

 Posted by on 7th March 2017 at 10:06
Jan 242017

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)
Telephone: 01684 297174
 Posted by on 24th January 2017 at 14:31
Sep 302016


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.

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)
Telephone: 01684 297174
 Posted by on 30th September 2016 at 14:46
Aug 062016

Some of the ground ivy Glechoma hederacea leaves in my garden are pocked with white-rimmed craters reminding me of rivet washers on jeans. On closer examination, there are hairy green columns also present on some leaves.  These are caused by the fly Rondaniola bursaria.   Each column, known as a “lighthouse gall”, contains a single larva which falls off the leaf in late summer leaving the hole.

20160806 Lighthouse Gall

Robert Homan, the GNS county recorder for plant galls, confirmed the identification and says that it seems to be a good year for “lighthouse galls”. There are a lot on beech and lime, though these are caused by other invertebrate species. He would no doubt appreciate more records.

Posted on behalf of Juliet Bailey.

 Posted by on 6th August 2016 at 19:24
Jul 292016

20160729 Beaver

Dear Partner
Wetlands West would like to invite you to a half day presentation and discussion on beaver re-introduction at Apperley Village Hall on TUESDAY 27th SEPTEMBER 2016, starting at 12.30 pm.  The presentation will be given by Adrian Lloyd Jones and Alicia Leow-Dyke from the Welsh Beaver Project.  The Welsh Beaver Project is investigating the feasibility of bringing wild beavers (Castor fiber) back to Wales. This work is being led by the Wildlife Trusts in Wales as part of their Living Landscapes strategy. Programme for the afternoon is as follows:
12.30   Arrive and registration
13.00   Lunch
13.45   Update from Partners on Wetland Project activity
14.30   Returning the Beaver – the Welsh Experience.  Adrian Lloyd Jones and Alicia Leow-Dyke from the Welsh Beaver Project.
15.30   Questions discussion and next steps
16.00   Topics for future meetings
16.15   Close and Depart

If you wish to attend please email Colin Studholme by FRIDAY 9th SEPTEMBER.

 Posted by on 29th July 2016 at 23:49
Jul 292016

Natural England are leading on the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Batscape Project (being delivered through the Foresters’ Forest HLF Landscape Partnership Programme), working in close partnership with the Gloucestershire Bat Group and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. As part of this project a Lesser Horseshoe bat survey is being carried out on Saturday 13th August and volunteers are needed!

PDF file with details: 20160729 Forest of Dean Lesser Horseshoe Bat survey 13

Please contact Forest Voluntary Action Forum (FVAF) for more details of how to get involved and to book a place: Tim Fretter or Deb Cook or 01594 822073

 Posted by on 29th July 2016 at 16:25
Apr 122016

This is a short video with Mike Smart about Curlew monitoring.

I work in local conservation in the Severn and Avon Vales, through the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society, and various other bodies. We have, with BTO, carried out a colour-ringing project on Curlews that winter in the Severn estuary. Thanks to the colour rings we can now recognise individuals, and have confirmed that they are incredibly faithful to both breeding and wintering sites, returning year after year to the same mudflat and high tide roost in winter, and to the same breeding field in summer. Our ringed wintering Curlews breed across a broad swath of land from the Severn estuary to Yorkshire, Suffolk, The Netherlands, Germany and as far as Sweden and eastern Finland.

Though Curlew is generally considered to be a breeding bird of high moorland, a reasonable population continues to breed in the lowlands of south west England; one of the main centres is the Somerset Levels, and there are almost as many in the Severn and Avon Vales upstream of Gloucester. Curlew is very much one of the iconic summer species of the Vales in summer and its lovely bubbling call is a feature of the area, much loved by local people. We are going to do a survey this year, to try to find out exactly how many pairs breed; my “off the top of the head” estimate is 50-100 pairs. The nests are terribly difficult to find as the birds nest in very large flat hayfields in the broad river valleys, where it is difficult to get on an eminence from which you can watch them. We think that one reason for the decline is early cutting of these hay meadows, though predation is clearly a problem too. We have a team of local observers, who are making regular visits to the main sites, and hope to produce a document at the end showing where the main sites are, in the hope that bodies like Natural England will help persuade farmers and land-owners to cut their grass a bit later, when any chicks have fledged.

Mike Smart

 Posted by on 12th April 2016 at 23:40