Odiham Biodiversity Group - Newsletter July 2007
Peter Bickford, one of the Canal Rangers will be leading a walk for us on Friday 10th August. If the weather is kind, we will see dragonflies (but perhaps not the 24 different species that have been seen along the Basingstoke Canal!) but Peter will undoubtedly point out other wildlife. Please wear sturdy footwear and have waterproofs handy if the weather is at all doubtful. Meet at Colt Hill (Odiham) Wharf at 10.30 am. Cost £1.
Tony Mundell completed the second and final flora surveys of the Churchyard and Cemetery on the 12th July. 18 new species were added to the Churchyard and 30 to the Cemetery. Most were grasses but in the Cemetery they included Yellow Oat grass and Meadow Fescue both of which are usually only found in ‘botanically good quality i.e. unimproved meadows’. The Cemetery also yielded a (nearly) red White Clover – a rare occurrence and the first time that Tony had seen it. The Fiddle dock in the Churchyard was in full flower and another plant was found in the long grass on the southern side of the church. If you are interested in the full list of species, I will be able to send it to you on an Excel spreadsheet.
Tony also carried out a flora survey of Broad Oak Meadow, details of which will be available in due course.
Odiham Parish has many kilometres of hedgerows and the task that we have set ourselves is rather daunting. However, we will be using the standard sampling technique and have already made a start. The parish is divided into one kilometre squares and each square is divided into nine. A 30 metre section of the hedgerow nearest to the middle of each square will be surveyed. Of course we have to get permission from the landowners before the surveys and this is taking some time – so if you own a hedge in the Parish or know someone who does – please let us know.
The weather forecast was not good but a group of us walked from Colt Hill to Broad Oak Meadow where Tony pointed out several different species of butterfly, including Meadow Brown and Marbled White, and the Burnet Moth. He also gave us insight into the complicated life cycle of the blue butterflies. Sadly, the walk was abruptly curtailed when the heavens opened and proved not to be a passing shower. Later, when the rain stopped, the southern meadow was a mass of Marbled Whites – drying off, as we were!
Thank you to all who helped at the Church Fete – or came to see us and take part in our quizzes. Richard Coleman won the Tree quiz with an impressive 18 out of 21 correct answers with Mary Turvill and Stuart Wardle tying for second place. The (senior) wildlife quiz was won by Simon and Sylvie Childs with Kathryn Childs (no relation) in second place. The junior prizes were won by Bea, Aimee, Rose and Vicki (combined effort) and Chloe. Well done!
Garden Wildlife Surveys
Thank you to those who have sent in their reports for the last quarter. I think that I am not the only person who has had more birds coming to feeders this summer, than during the winter!
OTHER ORGANISATIONS EVENTS
The Hampshire Wildlife Trust now have a northern office and are based at Herriard Park. They have several events in August, including a Dragonfly Walk at Ancells Farm on Saturday 4th August, a wildlife walk at Caesar’s Camp on Saturday 11th August, a bat and moth walk at Herriard Park on Tuesday 21st August and a Marsh Gentian count and picnic at Bartley Heath on Saturday 25th August. I have some more details of these events – or you can look at their website - www.hwt.org.uk
If birds are your thing and you’re happy to travel a bit further – the Basingstoke RSPB group are going to Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes HWT reserve on Sunday 19th August. Contact Peter Hutchins on 01256 770831 or Maureen Brailey on 01256 702006 for more details.
The Basingstoke HWT group are having a Butterfly and Flower walk in the afternoon of Saturday 28th July in the Malshanger area. For further information please contact Audrey Moss-Bradnam on 01256 780074.
28th July HWT Butterfly and Flower walk, Malshanger.
4th August HWT Dragonfly Walk, Ancells Farm
7th August OBG Committee meeting and Hedgerow Group meeting 7.30 pm
10th August OBG Canal Wildlife Walk Colt Hill 10.30 am.
11th August HWT Caesar’s Camp
19th August RSPB Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes
21st August HWT Bat and Moth walk Herriard Park
25th August HWT Gentian count and picnic Bartley Heath
For more information please contact Sheila Bates on 01256 701187 or [email protected]