Wild about Redbourn is a community group to unite residents in providing an environment to encourage and support wildlife whilst promoting sustainability.
One of the ways of doing this is through growing plants which will encourage wildlife into gardens and making small inexpensive changes, like creating log piles, bug hotels, bird boxes, nectar cafes, hedgehog highways etc.
You will see below that we have various projects and events planned. We'd love you to join our new Wild about Redbourn Facebook Group so you can get the latest most up to date info on what we are doing and join up with like minded people.
First Wildlife Gardening Training 14th April 12-2pm
The first session took place on Friday 14th April 12-2pm at Redbourn Parish Centre.
The PowerPoint slides of the presentation are available to read via the document link below
The training from the event was very well attended and the feedback was very positive
Bug Mansion Building on 22nd April
In honour of Earth Day on 22nd April, Wild about Redbourn built a large bug mansion in Cumberland Gardens with the help of Tony Bartlett, Pat Schofield, Ver Scouts and some young family volunteers.
This structure will provide shelter for many bugs, somewhere safe to lay their eggs, to pupate or maybe just have a snooze!
Do go along to Cumberland Gardens and have a look. Let us know what you think. You can email us on email@example.com. or join our Facebook group and leave comments engage in the debates there.
We hope that we have inspired you to create bug homes in your own gardens. It doesn't have to be a big or complicated structure. Just a piece of wood with some holes drilled in see below.
Building a Mini Bee Hotel
You can build a bee hotel at home like the ones we have on the pergola in Cumberland Gardens.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust have a really easy step by step guide you can follow here. Just remember to discard your old hotels every couple of years to help you maintain a healthy population and help to prevent the build-up of parasites.
First Wild about Redbourn Event
We kicked off the project with a meeting on 25th Jan 23. Thank you so much for those of you who came. We were thrilled to see so many people have an interest in improving wildlife in Redbourn!
Thank you very much also to our speakers at the event, in order they were as follows.
- Tim Hill - Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
- Nadia Bishara - Wilderhood Watch
- Esme Staunton Howe - Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
- Vicky Robinson - Hedgehog Champion
- John Pritchard - Ver Valley Society
They did a wonderful job, and their passion was inspiring.
If you didn't manage to make the event - or maybe you wanted a refresher of some of the information shared - you'll find video footage below and accompanying presentations for you to look through at your leisure.
We're looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our group. If you'd like to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org