OCTOBER MEETING – THE CHANGING FORTUNE OF WILTSHIRE’S BUTTERFLIES

Mike Fuller has been butterfly recorder for Wiltshire for many years and is author of ‘The Butterflies of Wiltshire’. As a Bradford on Avon resident he will give us fascinating insights into our local butterfly population and whether they are yet being affected by climate change.

Monday 21st October at 7.00 for 7.30pm

Repair Cafe at the Hub, Bradford on Avon

Friday 16th August from 11.00 to 15.00

Skills offered by: Altus Consulting

bike maintenance
sewing repairs and help
IT advice and repairs
general household items repaired or advice
tool sharpening

at the Hub, Church Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LS

Swifts

It is now August and by the time you read this the skies over Bradford on Avon will be quiet and the Swifts well on their way to their winter home in Africa. However, the Swift group remains active and would very much like to collate a list of all the places where Swifts nested this year in Bradford on Avon and the surrounding villages.

Biodiversity Group Update from Liz Stephens

Diary dates: 25th August and 29th September 9-12. Owl nest box building, Avonleigh.

** 12th September 10 -2pm. Volunteers needed for the annual rake up of the wildflower meadow at Bearfield, off Ashley Road. We will also be clearing in front of the hedge and removing guards. Refreshments supplied as are tools and gloves. Long trousers and long sleeved tops are recommended to protect against nettles and brambles. Please come along and help us

Need to know who to contact if you find an injured or displaced animal?

September meeting – Avon for Trees

Avon Needs Trees is a new charity, buying land in the Bristol Avon catchment area to reforest. The aims are carbon sequestration, improved biodiversity and natural flood management. ANT’s first target is 34 acres in the Marden valley, just outside of Chippenham.

Zero Plastic Waste Ideas

Coconut and Cotton in Shaftsbury has just extended their shop and you can also buy online. I called in last week and found bamboo handled interdental brushes, a bamboo pot scourer, natural fibre dental floss in a GLASS and metal container; deodorant in a glass jar; bamboo sporks; a cotton reusable bag with a durable … Read more

Water Fountains Coming to BoA! update

The three fountains and bottle refill stations have arrived in the town – update

Two of the fountains and bottle refill stations are up and running, you can take your bottles to refill at the one in Sladesbrook play area and the one at Culver Close. The one in St Margarets car park should be ready soon.

Swift Awareness Week Activities from Rowena Quantrill

All over the UK events were held as part of Swift Awareness Week (June 22 -30) to highlight the decline in numbers of these amazing birds and to demonstrate how they can be helped. The Bradford on Avon Swift group, an offshoot of the biodiversity group of CFBoA were lucky enough to have Jonathan Pomroy, wildlife artist, author, Swift expert and former resident of Westwood, in town to give a talk on the 29th, followed by a walk to observe and learn about the Swifts which were whizzing around over our heads on the warm midsummer evening.

BIODIVERSITY GROUP UPDATE

CHALLENGES AND ACTIVITIES:
As previously reported enriching our soils with organic matter will help their growing power. In these days when many people carefully consider their diet, please include soil enrichment as part of this. See the research done by Ros Edwards in the SFADG, to be found on the CFB website. The health of our planet and your health are important.

28th July – the next owl nest box workshop, at Avonleigh 9-12 noon

Report on the JUNE DAYTIME CFB MEETING on Wildflowers and organic gardening.