Nature to get a boost in Shire Way with new conservation group

May 03 2017

A NEW conservation group in the Shire Way area of Yate is being set up to encourage wildlife into gardens and open spaces.

A NEW conservation group in the Shire Way area of Yate is being set up to encourage wildlife into gardens and open spaces.

Residents Clare and Mat Woodman are keen to persuade other householders to get involved in the project and make their part of the town more wildlife friendly.

Plans include putting up nest boxes and bird feeders, as well as developing mini meadows on roadsides.

People will also be able to share ideas and tips that will not only bring wildlife into the area but also make the surroundings better for the families who live there.

Clare and Mat said residents could play a part in helping to protect and nurture outdoor areas.

They said: “In our busy lifestyles, we sometimes lose contact with nature and our projects will be a chance to step back and enjoy the basics again.

"The area already plays host to a variety of birds and animals, including green woodpecker, tawny owl and goldfinch.

“Part of our work will be to ensure the continuing protection of these species.”

They also want to help tackle the problem of declining numbers of bees and hedgehogs.

Dodington parish councillor Paul Hulbert, who is supporting the project, said: "I've always concentrated on larger scale projects like Wapley Bushes local nature reserve but I'm keen to find out more about these important small scale initiatives closer to home.

"As well as our gardens, we have a lot of green spaces in our part of the town - perfect for wildlife.

“This very local initiative could also be a way for families to get even small children interested in the natural world on their doorsteps.

"This will very much be an ongoing community based project, aiming to reach out to local schools, organisations and existing conservation groups to develop awareness and support. We're hoping to get local experts to come and speak to the group.”

The first meeting of the Shire Way Conservation Group will be held on Tuesday, May 9, at 7pm in Shire Way Community Centre.

For more information, either phone 07907 733056, email clare_woodman@yahoo.co.uk or search for Shire Way Conservation Group on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Paul Hulbert