We want to work together to protect and improve our local wildlife, and encourage more of us to enjoy it and get involved in caring for nature individually and by working with others.
What we’ve been doing …
- We surveyed local people to see if they had seen swifts, owls or hedgehogs in the area, and if there was other wildlife they were particularly interested in. (Click for the results).
- We have established a swift project to fix new nesting boxes on houses around the area. As part of the project we also produced a leaflet about swifts, to encourage people to look out for our returning swifts.
- We hope to expand the swift project over the coming year, and also help tawny owls and barn owls to thrive.
- We have provided advice to the Tideswell & District Sports Association on the management of their site for wildlife.
- We are working with Tideswell Parish Council to consider how public land in the village could be managed to help wildlife in the future.
- We should celebrate our wonderful local wildlife. We are always interested in your sightings. Add them to our wildlife sightings page (follow the link below) or share your photos on our group Facebook page. We will summarise your sightings every quarter. Here are our Spring 2020, Summer 2020 , Autumn 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021 blogs.
What you can do …
- Adopt a bird feeder to place in one of Tideswell’s public squares or other open spaces. More information here.
- Join one of our Summer Wildlife Walks. Booking is essential due to COVID 19 restrictions – you can find out more here.
- Join our “Going Wild” project, which hopes to connect everyone interested in improving their gardens or other green spaces for wildlife. By taking some very simple actions, we can create a connected, wilder network across Tideswell and the surrounding area – a new community nature reserve. This month – read about encouraging bats in our gardens.
Even if you have no garden space yourself, you can still campaign to protect our local wildlife. This year TDEG has been involved in campaigning on the badger cull and the improvement of roadside verges for wild flowers. Watch our group Facebook page for the latest issues.
If you are a local group, council or school, you might be interested in a new local business – BeeKinder – who can provide training, outdoor learning and advice about wildlife gardening.