A Live Animal Event
|Organiser||John Moore Museum|
|Date||Saturday 28th October 2017|
|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|
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.
Tickets available on the door or in advance from the museum
|Notes for editors||Contact: Simon Lawton (Curator) – very happy to give interviews
Telephone: 01684 297174
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.
Regional Officer for Central England
People Ponds and Water
Mobile: 07703 808520
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
Saturday July 1st 2017 from 10:30
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
This is the Ashleworth Ham Nature Reserve Ringing Report 2016 (PDF file): 20170308 Ashleworth-Ham-Nature-Reserve-Ringing-Report-2016 Final2
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
Hawkesbury & Inglestone Commons Officer
Environment and Community Services Team
South Gloucestershire Council