Swift Group Update

June 16th – 23rd was the first ever National Swift Awareness Week and the Bradford on Avon Swift Group (an offshoot of the biodiversity group of Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon) put on a number of events to raise awareness of how we can help these charismatic birds

Butterflies

In 2012 we concentrated on encouraging people to plant butterfly friendly plants in their gardens as some species are in decline. They were then encouraged to take part in a butterfly survey organized by the Butterfly Conservation Society, which can illustrate the effects of climate change. We’re also undertaking several wildflower mix planting sessions in and around … Read more

Swifts

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 … Read more

Bees

What is happening to our bees? Bees are very important insects because they pollinate our wildflowers and crops. Sadly things aren’t going well and they are declining at a worrying rate: Two species of bumblebee have become extinct; Managed honey bee colonies fell by 53% between 1985 and 2005; Wild honey bees are in serious … Read more

Tree and Hedge Planting

Tree planting history: In the winter of 2008/09 our first project was to plant 850 trees in Barton Farm Country Park, working closely with the Wiltshire Council Countryside Ranger. This huge undertaking involved around 300 people from the local community and all the local schools. Since then we have: In 2009: 20 people planted a … Read more