BEHIND THE 5th GREEN
We installed a fixed camera behind the 5th Green, and the short video below shows the diversity of wildlife you pass by. So do spend a couple of minutes enjoying watching the animals with whom we share the space.
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS: POST-LOCKDOWN AUTUMN
In 2019, at the club’s AGM, the environment project, A GREENER OPERATION, reported to members. This year, there is no normal AGM, so we have produced an end-of-year report to members in the form of a FORE newsletter special, which went out on 16 November. The report also appears on the website, under the environment tab, under ‘Further Information’.
Recent developments include
EYEBROOK WILD BIRD FEEDS
The project has a new agreement with EYEBROOK WILD BIRD FEEDS. This is a local business 9in line with our environment policy goals), based at Rectory Farm in Great Easton, overlooking Eyebrook reservoir. The club will purchase its bird feeds and related equipment from the company in future, in return for a significant discount. We would like to encourage interested members to visit the website at www.eyebrookwildbirdfeeds.co.uk
The local supermarket, Waitrose, have a policy of supporting local causes, and we are pleased to report that a donation of £334 was received recently from them for the environment project.
HABITAT MANAGEMENT PLANS
Based on the recommendations of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust survey, we have produced two plans for the future management of the course. The aim of the plans is to manage the course in the best possible way to sustain and promote wildlife (Strand 1 of our policy.) The plans have been written in collaboration with head greenkeeper, Chris Weir, and will appear on the website shortly.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE INVITATION
Following our success in receiving the Home Unions Award in January 2020, the club was invited to lead a workshop on its environmental project at the BIGGA conference scheduled for Harrogate in January 2021. This conference has had to be cancelled, but we expect the invitation to be renewed at some stage in the future.
WILDLIFE TRUST NETWORK
One of the projects that had to be shelved during 2020 was the setting up of a Leicestershire and Rutland golf club network to work in partnership with the local wildlife trust. The conference planned for March 2020 was cancelled. However, talks have begun to take place with senior officers from the trust to establish a network in 2021. We hope to work with Longcliffe GC in developing this project.
It has been possible to do some work around the course, prior to Lockdown Mark 2. Existing bug hotels have been refurbished, and two new ‘Trump Towers’ hotels have been erected, at the back of the 17th, and in between the 4thand 5thfairways. Some bird boxes have been cleared out and log piles tidied up. Over the Winter we intend to go round all the bird boxes, repair a few and put them back up, invest in more to reach 100, and do a few more bug hotels. We are still waiting for the results of the bat survey.
Anyone interested in helping out in any way, please contact one of the Steering Group.