Our local wild life correspondent Sarah Buckingham fluttered back into the studio after a long break. For those who haven't heard or read our previous wild life features, Sarah is the Communications Officer for the Herts Middlesex Wild Life Trust. The trust is a local charity which maintains and protects natural environment in Hertfordshire and Middlesex from planning and intensive farming.
With Easter coming up, Sarah got us started by talking to us about the local Pasque wildflower also know as the Easter flower. The Largest colonies of the Pasque flower in the uk can be found near Royston on Fairfield Heath. So when the weather gets better and flowers finally can comes up why not see the swarms of the purple flower in all it's beauty.
There are also other walks and events coming up this spring. In April there are a number of Bluebell and Spring Walks through a number of areas including digswell and stevenage. For more information on events follow the links to the Hertfordshire Wildlife Trust website below.
So what else can you do in your garden to help local wildlife? On April 15th - 21st The Royal Horticultural Society is promoting National Gardening Week by inspiring people to grow your own mini meadows! All you need to do is leave a small patch in your garden to grow wild and see what comes up or finds refuge. This is easier if the ground hasn't been treated with chemicals. You can also give your mini meadow a kick start by signing up on the following link for wild seed mixes. nationalgardeningweek.org.uk.
All members in the HWLT office are taking on a number of challenges including a half marathon and 87 mile walk in which to raise money for the herts wildlife trust! To join in or sponsor the trust go to the hertswildlifetrust.org.uk Donations are vital to funding the organisation which preserves 2000 acres and well over 40 reserves.
For more information you can go to Herts Wild Life Trust website: hertswildlifetrust.org.uk where you can also subscribe to their lovely glossy quarterly magazine called Wild Life Matters.