Carol 632 178
Jan 634 583 & Yvonne 634 863
Swanland Wildlife &
Pond Partnership - News update May 2013
SIGHTINGS: 4.4 Carol watched 50+ Starlings performing
a small ‘murmuration’ proving numbers
are rising. 20.4 Carol & Sheila both had a hog
feeding. 14.4 Christine Porteous & Helen Pocock
both saw a lone Red Kite on Beech Hill Rd &
(low over) Helen’s garden. 16.4 First pair
of Swallows returned to Swanland Equestrian Centre.
15.4 at last we’ve a positive sighting of
a Goshawk. 25.4 Mike Johnson (B.H. Rd) has a Blackcap
(m), Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinches in his garden. 1.5
Tina Rudge (W.Dale) has 2 pair of House Martins
rebuilding nests. They arrived a week earlier than
SOS: its hog season so if you see one of any size
out during the day it will be sick, injured or distressed
and in IMMEDIATE need of help. Phone Lorraine on
502441 (Hull Hog Hosp) or Carol (advice only) on
632178. Do keep a strong cardboard box, towel &
gloves handy to rescue hogs with. Pick them up gently
from underneath with towel, put in a warm, dry place,
don’t give food or water. Contact the above
for help. THANKS!!
WARNING: we’ve been advised that dogs in our
County are being stolen. Keep yours in plain sight
when out or in a secure garden. Pedigree breeds
are at particular risk.
BEE SWARMS: Contact (Beekeeper) Stewart Beckett
on 633 523. Don’t approach, keep children
& pets inside. He will safely remove the swarm
& give them a home!
Remember WE NEED our bees they’re in serious
trouble & urgently need our help.
LOOK & LISTEN FOR * young Goldfinches with grey
heads (colours come later) * Red Admiral & Small
Tortoiseshell butterflies * Elephant Hawkmoths hovering
around Honeysuckle * various Ladybird species *
late flowering Bluebells!
MONTHLY WILDLIFE GARDENING: * before trimming/removing
hedges, bushes & trees check for nesting birds.
It’s illegal to interfere with nests and/or
chicks during March-Sept. SWIAS gives advice (see
contacts) * REMEMBER slug pellets /pesticide /strimmers
either fatally poison or kill/injure wildlife. Use
PLEASE KEEP SENDING US YOUR SIGHTINGS, NEWS &
PROJECT NEWS: Marshy Area has been completed! The
plants are fragile & will need care. The cages
covering them need to be in place until the plants
are well anchored & more robust. But we hope
for some colour this year & for protection for
amphibians at last from the predatory ducks &
PLANNING TEAM has a new Secretary to replace Carol
who had been with the team since its formation in
2006. We also NEED NEW MEMBERS! No previous experience
of ponds is required just enthusiasm & concern
for the village COMMUNITY pond. Our pond is a living
reminder of the village’s historical past
& wildlife pond for the future!!
If you’re interested DO talk to the SPP contacts
LOOK & LISTEN FOR * Dragon & Damselflies
active on warm, sunny days * more baby ducks &
Moorhen chicks * Bats feeding on insects at dusk
* birds drinking at the edges.
Swanland Village Wildlife campaign
aims to Reclaim Our Wildlife by re-establishing our relationship
with its flora and fauna. Our environment is seriously endangered
by the twin problems of village over-development leading to loss
of habitat and the effects of global warming. The
media and Wildlife and Environmental charities are telling us
how urgent things have become and what simple steps we can ALL
take to protect our wildlife and how to create new habitats. The
Wildlife and Conservation charities shown at the bottom of this
page have lots of up to date information on simple, relatively
cheap ways of attracting wildlife into your garden.
sell easy to understand, cheap readable books for all ages, laminated
cards with pictures and basic information, posters, leaflets and
gifts as well as lots of practical materials. There are hints
on gardening with wildlife, simple ways of protecting wildlife
and clubs for young people to join.
further information contact Carol 632 178
also Swanland Pond Page