biodiversity

Biodiversity group

We used to be called the Tree Group but found this restricted our activity to the winter months. So, in 2011 we realised we wanted to do more about increasing wildlife habitat and corridors and decided to call ourselves the biodioversity group, as it better reflects our purpose.

We now focus on something different each year, while continuing to plant trees and hedges as well as manage those already planted. Suggestions for worthwhile projects are always welcome, so please get in touch with us if you have any ideas.

All of our sessions are very sociable with lots of refreshments including delicious cakes! Tools are provided; we simply ask people to turn up, suitably clothed and shod and work as hard as you are able. While we welcome children most of the time, unfortunately the activities are not always suitable because of the tools and equipment we are using.

If you feel you would like to help the group in any way please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred) or telephone/text 07507 782523.

swift

During 2012/13 we decided to monitor swifts.

BoA is very fortunate to be visited by these wonderful birds, who make their homes in this area. They are dependant on the availability of food and nesting sites which can be natural or artificial. Nestboxes make great presents and can help maintain the swift population.

Several nest boxes have already been installed by Linden Homes in buildings on the new Kingston Mill site  encouraged by a couple of CFB members.

We now have an active "swift group" which will be monitoring the swifts' activity more closely when they come over in 2014.  During the winter of 2013/14 they will be installing a couple of swift boxes around the town - more news to follow on this one.

The Swift Conservation Society has lots of useful information on its website as well as plans for building nest boxes and if you'd like to take part in the RSPB's swift survey you can do so here.