Join the big butterfly count

It only takes 15 minutes to join in and count what butterflies and moths you see in your garden. #WildAboutGoostrey

The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping to assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 100,000 people took part in 2018, submitting 97,133 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK (see all the 2018 results).

The big butterfly count 2019 takes place from Friday 19 July – Sunday 11 August.

Click the link for details: big butterfly count 2019. Or to download the app.

Slug pellets banned from today

Slug pellets containing Metaldehyde are banned from sale from today.

(If you see them on sale point out it is their legal obligation to remove them from sale). Metaldehyde is toxic to wildlife – hedgehogs, amphibians and wild birds are poisoned by eating contaminated slugs or pellets. If we no longer poison hedgehogs, frogs and birds, more will be around to eat the less welcome pests like slugs!

Michael Gove said “I recognise that significant effort has been put into encouraging growers and gardeners to use this pesticide responsibly by the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group. However, the advice is clear that the risks to wildlife are simply too great – and we must all play our part in helping to protect the environment. I encourage companies and growers to look at the alternatives, such as ferric phosphate, which is authorised and does not carry similar risks.”

A heavy dose of Ferric phosphate (iron) kills slugs and snails.

….but don’t be tempted to try crushed eggshells (snails eat them!) but woodchips seem to deter them.

I have frogs and toads (and a pond) to control slugs but in years when there are toooo many I sink a plastic tub in the ground with the following mix:

To 1 cup water add 1 tsp sugar. 1 tsp flour. Half tsp dry yeast.

#WildAboutGoostrey

Slug pellets banned…and binned

Wild About Goostrey grows

It is great to hear that residents are signing up to “Wild About Goostrey” – pledging to improve habitats to make Goostrey a fabulous place for wildlife.

This wonderful lawn turned meadow, for instance, is proving very popular with pollinators and butterflies.  But even just a few improvements can make a huge difference; put up a bird or bee box, plant nectar rich flowers, create a pond/woodpile – stop using pesticides, slug pellets and weed killer.

So join in with “Wild About Goostrey” and email the habitat improvement you pledge to make in your garden (with your contact details) to pmorgan.goostreypc@gmail.com

Bee and butterfly plants

Are you Wild About Goostrey?

Goostrey resident Sandra recently took out some conifers and replaced them with a wildflower garden – thank you to Erica for sending in the gorgeous photos below. You may have noticed them already on Buckbean Way.

Are you Wild About Goostrey too? It would only take a little effort but the results would reap huge benefits for Goostrey’s wildlife as a whole (see the habitat improvements listed below). I’m in – are you!? Email pmorgan.goostreypc@gmail.com to join in.

Photo: Erica Bates

Photo: Erica Bates

Photo: Erica Bates

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Become “Wild about Goostrey”

Are you “Wild about Goostrey” ?
In a bid to help reverse the national decline in pollinators and other wildlife the Parish Council are launching “Wild about Goostrey”; a scheme for us all to join in with – where we can all make a difference (even on the smallest plot) by creating a wildlife-friendly habitat to attract bees, butterflies, bats, owls and the much-loved hedgehog.
It’s not a competition, is free to enter, and has been inspired by the RHS and Wildlife Trusts’ “Wild about Gardens” initiative together with the Parish Council’s resolve to make Goostrey an even more attractive and biodiverse village, in the face of the threat of climate change.
Join in! Everyone who pledges to take part in the project will receive a bronze, silver or gold award, in the form of a plaque to display, once they have undertaken a simple scheme to encourage more wildlife into their garden.
The Parish Council will have a stand at Saturday’s Goostrey Rose Festival, where pledges can be made, with details of the awards along with practical wildlife gardening resources. If you are interested in joining in being ‘Wild about Goostrey’ email Councillor Paul Morgan at pmorgan.goostreypc@gmail.com with your contact details and pledge.
More wild garden information can be found at www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk
These are the three categories that would be awarded after the simple measures to improve habitat have been inspected:
BRONZE award (one or more of the following): Erect a standard nest box or bee box, plant nectar-rich flowers/ shrubs, plant a native tree, leave a patch of grass unmown from March to September, create a wood pile.
SILVER (one or more of the following) Create a pond, plant a native hedge, erect a bat box or owl box, dispense with slug pellets and weed killer, create local freedom of movement and housing for hedgehogs.
GOLD (one or more of the following)  Do five or more of the bronze and silver projects, manage a lawn or paddock as a meadow for butterflies and ground-nesting birds, plant 10+ native trees or manage a wood for wildlife.
 
Goostrey Parish Council’s new “Wild about Goostrey” initiative. Photo John Williams

Wild about Goostrey

Are you “Wild about Goostrey” ?
In a bid to help reverse the national decline in pollinators and other wildlife the Parish Council are launching “Wild about Goostrey”; a scheme for us all to join in with – where we can all make a difference (even on the smallest plot) by creating a wildlife-friendly habitat to attract bees, butterflies, bats, owls and the much-loved hedgehog.
It’s not a competition, is free to enter, and has been inspired by the RHS and Wildlife Trusts’ “Wild about Gardens” initiative together with the Parish Council’s resolve to make Goostrey an even more attractive and biodiverse village, in the face of the threat of climate change.
Join in! Everyone who pledges to take part in the project will receive a bronze, silver or gold award, in the form of a plaque to display, once they have undertaken a simple scheme to encourage more wildlife into their garden.
The Parish Council will have a stand at Saturday’s Goostrey Rose Festival, where pledges can be made, with details of the awards along with practical wildlife gardening resources. If you are interested in joining in being ‘Wild about Goostrey’ email Councillor Paul Morgan at pmorgan.goostreypc@gmail.com with your contact details and pledge.
More wild garden information can be found at www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk
These are the three categories that would be awarded after the simple measures to improve habitat have been inspected:
BRONZE award (one or more of the following): Erect a standard nest box or bee box, plant nectar-rich flowers/ shrubs, plant a native tree, leave a patch of grass unmown from March to September, create a wood pile.
SILVER (one or more of the following) Create a pond, plant a native hedge, erect a bat box or owl box, dispense with slug pellets and weed killer, create local freedom of movement and housing for hedgehogs.
GOLD (one or more of the following)  Do five or more of the bronze and silver projects, manage a lawn or paddock as a meadow for butterflies and ground-nesting birds, plant 10+ native trees or manage a wood for wildlife.
 
Goostrey Parish Council’s new “Wild about Goostrey” scheme
Wild about Goostrey awards