As the season turns and everythings starts growing and singing and coming out of hibernation (including ourselves!) two great nature projects are springing into action. Rose Titchiner describes Wild about Bungay , the Community Wildlife Project and Blog now in its second year and the new Bungay Wildlife Monitor group
Wild about Bungay
The seeds for the Wild About Bungay community wildlife project came from Jasmine Lingwood and has since been carried forward and evolved by Jasmine’s brothers, Chris and Terry Reeve and members of the project.
The Wild About Bungay project, encourages everyone to celebrate and record the flora and fauna that we see and find all around us in Bungay and in the gardens, meadows, commons, verges, paths and waterways around the town – nothing is too commonplace or mundane to share and celebrate! Anyone can contribute. Email us your sightings and photos and well will upload them onto Bungay’s
very own community wildlife blog for all to see and enjoy throughout the year.
The project is expanding this year, to encourage Bungay schools to contribute their wildlife sightings to the blog. A Bungay wildlife photographic exhibition will be held at the Fisher Theatre in October 2014 and a book celebrating Bungay wildlife is planned for Autumn 2015. The project is also keen to assist with the long-term, in-depth habitat survey work of the newly formed Bungay WildWatch group.
Check out the Wild About Bungay community wildlife blog for more information on sending in your sightings and photos or becoming involved in the project: www.wildaboutbungay.com
Bungay Wildlife Watch Group has been formed as an umbrella group for all those who are interested in, care about or are responsible for wildlife and wildlife habitats in and around Bungay.
Over the next two years the group is planning to conduct in-depth, year round biological surveys of the wildlife habitats and waterways around Bungay. We would also like to keep a record of the current and potential future management plans of wildlife areas around the town.
The group is in the process of setting up a website and online biological recording system to log records for our own data as well as to feed records into the county biological recording systems of Suffolk and Norfolk.
As well as landowners and organisations involved in environmental or habitat management around Bungay, we’re keen to hear from people with a particular interest in local flora and fauna. We’re also considering running courses and workshops to help deepen our knowledge of the extraordinary wildlife and ecology of this area.
We hope to have a public meeting mid-March to early April. Until then we are discussing ideas and would welcome any suggestions, experience or help. We’ll be arranging a Dyke Dipping Day in late April or early May -to learn more about Bungay’s reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. with John Baker County Recorder for Reptiles and Amphibians in Suffolk. If you are interested please email Rose Titchiner on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Images: common smooth newt by Ian A. Kirk; longtailed tits at Castle Mills by Bill Davis