Our junior representative Poppy has been keeping a lookout for the wildlife activity on Walcot street.
“Recently, there have been sightings of ladybirds, bees and other insects on Walcot Street.
There have been several ladybirds on this stone pillar as well as bees flying around, mostly a welcome sight, except when they are about half a centimetre away from your face and buzzing in your ear. Wasps have also been frequent visitors.
Butterflies, mostly cabbage whites but a few more colourful species, have been investigating some flowers throughout the street.”
On Wednesday 11th April residents, business representatives and members of local community groups from the Walcot gathered at The Bell to formally launch the Wild Walcot Community Partnership as a constituted community group. A steering group was voted in and process for gathering membership began. These developments enable the group to raise funds to undertake various wildlife projects on and around Walcot Street which aim to create a better environment for those who live, work or visit Walcot Street and the surrounding area.
The event was also the launch of the Wild Walcot Green Corridor. Residents and businesses registered their outdoor spaces to be part of the project and pledged to plant up them up with wildlife friendly plants. If you’re based in the Walcot area then why not register to be part of the green corridor? Whether you have a garden, a yard, a window sill or a pot you can help us make Walcot a better place for bees, butterflies and birds. We are hoping to build an interactive map where people can tag their space but in the meantime if you want to register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The green corridor will also include key green spaces in the area including the pop-up garden that we created in the Cattlemarket car park along with Vegmead and Walcot Chapel graveyard among others.
We’ll be running monthly sessions at the pop-up garden on the first Thursday of ever month from 15:30-18:30pm so do come along and lend a hand. You are also very welcome to weed, water, harvest or just relax at the pop-up garden at any time. This is a community space and belongs to all of us.
The Wild Walcot Community Partnership is a collaborative, inclusive enterprise. Your interest and involvement is key to enabling positive change to happen. The pop-up garden demonstrates what this looks like in practice and with help we can do so much more.
Take part in the City Nature Challenge – http://www.bnhc.org.uk/festival-of-nature/city-nature-challenge/ – and help Bath and Bristol compete with 65 cities around the world to discover and record as much wildlife as possible between 27th-30th April.
All you need to do is;
- Download the free iNaturalist app
- Go outside and look for signs of wildlife – it could be a feather, a footprint, an insect, a plant, any kind of nature
- Take a photo and upload it to the app
All photos are verified, get counted as part of the City Nature Challenge and added to our local records office – so every one you do really does count.
Let’s see how much wildlife we can spot on Walcot Street!