Monday, 2 September 2013

Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Sarah Buckingham from the trust was our guest tonight on Drivetime, Sarah told us about the folowing events;

The Lost Gardens of Gobions

Thursday 26 September, Brookmans Park

Gobions Wood in spring
United Reformed Church, Oaklands Avenue, Brookmans Park. Anne Rowe from the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust is back to repeat her popular and fascinating illustrated lecture about the famous 18th century garden at Gobions, the remains of which can still be found in Gobions Wood - if you know where to look! No booking required.
The talk will be followed up with a walk on Saturday 28th September.


Tewin Orchard Apple Picking Event

Sunday 22 September, Tewin Orchard

Come along for a morning of fruit picking to help with the harvest at Tewin Orchard. As places are limited booking is essential. For more information and to book a place contact the Trust on 01727 858901.

Otter Appeal

Help give local otters a place to shelter and breed


We have raised an impressive £10,389.60 towards our habitat enhancement work, thank you to everyone who has already supported the appeal. We still need help to raise our target and do even more.
2013 Otter AppealWhilst numbers of these beautiful animals have been slowly growing in other parts of the country they are once more under threat in Hertfordshire and Middlesex.
We need to raise a minimum of £16,000 this year to carry out urgent habitat enhancement and creation work.

Why are otters suffering a decline?

Local monitoring of the otters' stronghold in the Lea Valley shows a serious decline in their presence from 13 to just 4 locations.
Like us, otters need food, shelter and somewhere to bring up their young. A male otter's territory can cover up to 20 miles. Unfortunately, we have many obstacles and threats in our area which make survival for our local otters difficult.
River locks, roads, railways and habitat loss are all barriers.
Otters need space to be able to move safely if we are to give them the chance of survival. Your donation will help us to create a flourishing Living Landscape to provide homes for the otter and other local wildlife.

Here are just some examples of what it costs to create and enhance our habitats for local otters...

...and so how your donation could help to give these charismatic animals a place to shelter and breed:
£30 could provide sites for otters to shelter and rest on the riverbank by promoting low, dense vegetation growth through coppicing
£60 could help clear a ditch and create a wildlife corridor for otters to travel between sites to find food
£120 could give a volunteer the skills and experience necessary to become a wildlife surveyor to monitor otters and help inform our restoration work
£300 could increase fish stocks by creating refuges for fish to hide and spawn
£500 could give otters a safe place to breed and rear pups by building an underground pipe and chamber holt

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