Monday, April 02, 2007

Wildlife Recording in Essex

The Wilderness Foundation UK brings you news of a wildlife recording venture taking place in Essex:

The Mayland Community Woodland Group will be taking a record of biodiversity on areas near the Lawling playing field, and are inviting villagers to come and help.

Recording will take place on Saturday 21st April, between 10am and midday, and is open to both adults and children. After signing in at the Bakersfield car park, participants will receive expert, hands on tuition in plant and wildlife identification by members of the Green Light Trust and Essex Wildlife Trust.

The event marks the beginning of a three year plan, to be run with the Primary School, which aims to increase biodiversity in and around land managed by the Woodland Group.

Working with the Green Light Trust, schoolchildren will be given the opportunity to learn about plant and wildlife species and habitat creation.

The Trust, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is already working with Mayland residents to plant a community-owned woodland near the Bakersfield area of the village. This project is also in conjunction with the primary school, and pupils recently planted the first 30 trees on the site.

Since then, 70 baby oak saplings have been added by residents of the village, and 8 larger trees were donated by sister group, Tillingham’s TWIG. A tree nursery has also been built in the primary school, in which children have already planted seeds gathered from the surrounding area.

For more info, please see www.maylandwood.info, www.greenlighttrust.org, or contact Jono on 740613 / stevensjono@hotmail.com.

Source: The Maylands Community Woodland blog

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