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Saturday 11th March
Many thanks to the small hard working team at Allens Field who continued the work of relocating the wood chip mulch pile to make opportunities for creatures to use around the field.
Monday 27th February
The Wildlife in Ascot Quiz came back to The Stag Pub in Ascot High Street after the enforced break.
We welcomed teams from Bracknell Conservation Volunteers, Warfield Environment Group, Bracknell Forest Natural History Society and 3 teams of Silwood College students.
Our quiz master reports that they did not fare well on anything historic but were fine on genuine wildlife questions :)
Congratulations to the BFNHS team who retained their winners title and the WEG team who were close runners up.
Wednesday 22nd February
Ascot Heath primary school wildlife garden maintenance work -
Saturday 11th February
Many thanks to the hard working team of 8 people today at Allens Field. We created numerous habitat piles from the wood chip mulch pile and fallen branches picked up from around the woodland. We found quite a few worms living in the mulch, baby centipede and one ground beetle. We hope that the smaller structured piles or "beetle banks" will provide homes for more beetles and their offspring as well as worms and other invertebrates.
Friday and Saturday 20th and 21st January
Preparing a pollinator patch at Carnation Hall - The heavy work of clearing grass from the area and digging over was completed in the crisp bright sunshine. It is a large area of about 800 sq ft. Winkfield Parish council were very helpful and we give particular thanks to Paul and Felicity for their help especially with the tipper truck to take the turf away. Also thanks to Councillor Dorothy Hayes for all her support in this new venture.
There were five volunteers on Friday who broke back of task, but only two for most of Saturday which was disappointing. We did chat with several passers by who were very positive. One of these was a family walking who stopped to help us for half an hour which was very kind.
Saturday 14th January
Conservation work at Allens Field this month involved putting up bird nesting and bat roosting boxes. Five volunteers turned out despite the weather forecast of heavy rain. These hardy folk were rewarded by the rain stopping while the bird nest boxes were fixed up in the woodland near the car park and while we picked up a disappointingly large amount of litter from the car park then ate christmas chocolates during our break. Unfortunately the rain started again, but not too heavy, when we took the ladder over the field to put the bat boxes up near the pond where we detected most bat activity last summer. The pond is currently part of a water wonderland! Thanks to these selfless volunters we now have installed all the boxes. It was good to meet an enthusiastic local mother and son who came out after the rain to give support and set out to spot our handywork.
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