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.
WORK RESUMES AFTER LOCKDOWN
Following the re-opening of the club, the environment project has resumed its march onwards and upwards:
- A bird survey took place on 19th May, supported by Bruce White, chairman of the Great Bowden branch of the wildlife trust. 23 different species were seen or heard. Bruce suggested we have an evening’s bird-watching later in the Summer, so we are planning a bird-watching walk in the w/b 3rd September for interested members and the local U3A bird group. Details to be in FORE.
- A small number of trial areas have been planted with wildflower plugs in the hope that these will develop and thrive next year. Thanks to those members who gave donations for this. Rabbits have been at some of the plugs, but we are hopeful that the roots will survive where this has happened. Most of the plugs have survived. The plugs were bought from a Nottingham-based centre called naturescape.co.uk. They offer assortments of wildflower plugs prepared to match different soil types, for those interested. Ours were for clay soil.
WINTER GRASS CUTTING
Outline agreement has been reached with Chris Weir regarding the winter cutting and management of rough grass areas. Using the recommendations in the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust survey (see the Further Information link on the website) we are developing with Chris a Habitat Management Plan to support the club’s environment strategy. When this is finished, information will appear about it in FORE and the document will be available on the website. The basic principles are NOT to increase areas of rough (!), and NOT to affect adversely the playing of golf. We are aiming to further reduce pesticide and fertiliser use, and manage the grass and rough areas better for the benefit of wildlife and biodiversity.
NATIONAL AWARD AND CONFERENCE 2021
The certificate presented in January 2020 to reward the club for its environment work has been framed and will be up in the clubhouse shortly. BIGGA (the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association) have been in touch to invite the club to make a presentation at next year’s conference. We have (gracefully) accepted. More on this in due course.
DEAD HEDGE II
Following the wildflower planting the next project is another ‘dead hedge’ at the back of the 17th. Chris is getting the stakes ready for this. Help with this work would be greatly appreciated. Work will start in August.
Help with the project is needed, by making donations or offering practical help. We need
- someone interested in bats
- woodworkers to make bird boxes
- volunteers to help with practical projects: the dead hedge, bird box monitoring and repair in the Autumn, and with building another group of bug hotels over the winter.
A reminder the project Steering Group consists of:
With considerable assistance from John Doran