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.
PANDEMIC STALLS PROGRESS
The coronavirus pandemic has prevented us moving forward on a number of fronts. This is the latest news from the project, including an update on what was happening in the weeks before lockdown, as well as some details about what has been delayed:
WINTER WORK DONE
Various bits of work were done over the winter, despite some difficult weather:
- more bird nesting boxes were put up around the course, bringing the total to approximately 85. Unfortunately a few of them have come down, due to winds and storms, and to inadequate fixing. We have learnt some lessons here about the quality of boxes necessary, and how not to fix them!
- a small number of bat boxes have been put up, on the trees between the 18thfairway and the 4thgreen.
- the Hawk and Owl Trust have installed, free of charge, three barn owl nesting boxes and two kestrel boxes. The Trust will be monitoring the success of the boxes for us in the coming years.
- the dead hedge at the back of the 5thgreen is more or less finished, although it needs occasional repair. Lots of nice comments have been received from members about this hedge. Dead hedges provide good habitats and pathways for insects and small mammals.
- the bird feeders by the 5th tee and behind the 17th green have been supplied with feed quite regularly. They are certainly used, and not just by squirrels!
- we have 6/7 bug hotels in place now, labelled with our sponsor’s logo, and a number of log piles. The purpose of these hotels and log piles is to encourage insect populations, vital for small mammals and birds.
DELAYED WORK AND PROJECTS
- The main casualty of the lockdown has been the first meeting of a Leicestershire and Rutland Greener Golf Forum. Working with Longcliff GC, we were the joint hosts and organisers for this meeting, which was to have taken place at Longcliff on March 20th. Thirteen golf clubs from Leicestershire and Rutland were due to attend, with most sending two or three representatives. Various agencies were also intending to send officials, including England Golf. We intend to re-organise this meeting when circumstances permit.
- Another casualty, so far, has been a bird survey. Last year’s survey was conducted in April. We had intended to conduct the survey in May this year to be able to include the Spring migrants. We still hope to be able to do this.
- Our project to launch a series of school visits to the club, to give children an introduction to golf and to involve them in some environmental work, has fallen foul of the pandemic. 40 small saplings, ordered from the Woodland Trust, which were to be part of this project, are being looked after and are in good shape. We hope to plant those out as soon as possible.
- Also on hold at the moment is a project to develop and begin to use our own data monitoring tool to help the project record and evaluate our progress against the objectives of the Action Plan.
- Following the success of the dead hedge behind the 5thgreen, we hope to build another one behind the 17thgreen.
Members wishing to help with the project are very welcome. Please contact any of the Steering Group.
The project receives no funds from the club. Any members wishing to help by making a donation should contact one of the Steering Group.
We are grateful to our sponsors, the AVATAR restaurant in Market Harborough.
The Steering Group for the project is:
- Bob Roberts (email@example.com)
- Steve Winder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jim Jacobs (email@example.com)