Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Today we had a chat with Sarah Buckingham from the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife, about how the lovely hot weather is affecting the wildlife. Due to this hot weather in April and May, the bluebells have appeared earlier than usual; normally they wouldn't be expected til late May! Sarah reminded us that is it still important to leave out food, water and even baths for birds, especially in this hot weather. However she says that the wildlife is very good at adapting to change, it's the rate of change to the climate that is worrying.

At the moment, the Trust is promoting the 'Living Landscapes' campaign that is all about joining up nature reserves to make sure animals always have a place they can go for shade and to drink.

One of the reserves, Waterford Heath near Hertford, has recently had some great news! It has had a record number of a rare species of butterfly visit the reserve. 49 of the 'Grizzled Skipper' species have been seen, which is great news for the Trust as species are beginning to return to the area.

If you want to see some of these butterflies, there are butterfly walks on the 7th and 21st May at Aldbury reserve and on the 14th May at Waterford Heath. There is also a book, 'Kids in the Wild Garden' available to buy from the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust shop, which contains many ideas for kids on all sorts of things to do in the garden, with colourful illustrations. More events that are coming up include 'Fossil Hunt' on the 15th May and 'How to Make Your Garden Grow for Wildlife' on 25th June. For more information about events or simply the Wildlife Trust, go to www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk

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