Friends of Normandy Wildlife – Autumn 2020

Walks and talks recommence

Join us to Explore Nature on Normandy Common in the Autumn! We will meet on Saturday 17th October at 2:30pm. We will follow government guidance on social distancing, but to do so we need to know how many people are coming, therefore, booking is essential.  Please contact us to book your place via email at fnwildlife@gmail.com by 15th October. See event page for more details.

After an excellent virtual talk in September on ‘The Secret life of eels’ by Dr Kathy Hughes, WWF, we will be holding more virtual talks.  If you have any preferences for topics please let us know. 

Are dormice in Normandy?

As well as the swift nest boxes now up on the Village Hall, we have set out 9 dormouse boxes, 35 dormouse tubes and 10 dormouse detecting footprint tunnels in likely sites around Normandy. Dormice have declined by half since 2000, because of changes in woodland management, farming practices and loss of hedgerows.  We still have some good habitat for them in the Normandy parish and we hope to confirm their presence here!

Get out spotting

Wildlife did not go into lockdown and there have been some wonderful sightings while members have been taking their daily exercise.  The most astonishing was a Camberwell Beauty butterfly spotted on Ash Ranges. 

This butterfly is a rare migrant to the British Isles from Scandinavia and mainland Europe.   The name dates back to 1748 when two individuals were found in Camberwell, London. 

If you see something you are fascinated by on your explorations around Normandy please to tell us about it on our sightings page (or you can email us at fnwildlife@gmail.com).  It doesn’t have to be “first” for Normandy….if it fascinated you it’ll likely interest someone else.

And remember all these records help to understand the natural diversity in our village, which can help us better protect it. 

Learn more – don’t forget to check out our news and blogs page where you can read media stories about UK wildlife, and learn more about our local wildlife and FNW activities.

Photo (c) 2009 Pomeroy under creative commons