Chudleigh newsletter for September 2018
Did you see the swifts go? A large group, 30-40 were seen heading south over the town and we hope to see them again next year, perhaps using the swift boxes. It seemed to be a good year for swifts, and more house martins than in some years, nests were noted on gable ends around the carpark. However there is concern again for the barn swallows, ongoing reduction in insect population and loss of nesting sites with continuing enthusiasm for barn conversions. Swallows do need the relative protection of an indoor space, perhaps we should ask developers to build swallow friendly sheds just like inserting swift bricks and bat boxes in the right areas.
The hot dry summer has stopped planting in the bat garden, Culver green boule piste and the cider press but we have a stock of native pretty plants to go out in the autumn. Please remember we now have a community allotment up at Exeter road for propagation of useful wildlife friendly plants, but we need volunteers, please get in touch with the town hall or me if you can help.
Another lovely space is the twin oaks and sensory garden, the old benches have been replaced by very elegant oak benches, so please go and sit and listen to the birds and admire the flying insects.
I hope you enjoyed the bat evening down Oldway and we have a devon bat project guided walk around Chudleigh walk 9.30 am September 11th , you need to register on the bat project website for this.
Any more ideas to improve our wildlife always welcome, so be in touch.