Hedgehog Awareness Week 1 – 7 May
To draw attention to Hedgehog Awareness week at the beginning of May, Wilder Hyde organised a special hedgehog trail. Ten pictures were hidden around Hyde, each describing one of ten ways to encourage hedgehogs into our gardens. The hunt was enjoyed by families as a fun activity with their children but also the signs served as gentle reminders to passers-by about the importance of these wonderful creatures and how to take care of their habitat.
Nature Swap – Sunday 8th May
Our 3rd annual Nature Swap was a roaring success! We were delighted to welcome so many people to our stall on the corner of Egbert and Arthur Roads. This year we had an incredible variety of seeds, seedlings, plants, bird food and gardening kit available for swapping. Everyone went away with something new! People also swapped ideas for making their gardens more wildlife-friendly. To encourage more wildlife into the Hyde and Abbots Barton area we have started supplying a range of wildlife homes made for us by Romsey Men’s Shed out of reclaimed wood. They are selling like hot cakes!
For more pictures and prices visit: www.wilderhyde.org.uk/homes-for-wildlife
Wildflower planting with the Scouts
Wilder Hyde were joined by the Manticore and Thestral troops of Scouts on two evenings in May. The aim was to plant wildflower seeds in Hyde, in front of houses where residents had requested them! This is the second year of this lovely initiative and we started by showing the Scouts the successful results of last year’s planting before embarking on weeding, seeding and sweeping all over again. It was a great opportunity to tell these enthusiastic young people about Wilder Hyde and its purpose and to talk about insects and bees and wildflowers in particular. We look forward to more adventures with local Scouts!
No Mow May is over – so what’s next?
Providing food for pollinators is critical to their survival. We’ve lost 97% of our wildflowers meadows in the past 70 years in the UK. Insects are in worrying decline with butterflies down by 50% since 1976, and 13 species of bees are now extinct. May is a crucial time of year when the soils are warm enough for grasses to start shooting up and providing food for insects and pollinators.
No Mow May is officially over now, but you can still help pollinators and other insects and increase bio-diversity in your garden all year round.
Cut once every four weeks. This allows your lawn to have the highest production of flowers and nectar sugars.
Leave areas of your lawn uncut. This allows shorter growing species such as daisies and white clover to grow taller in order to flower.
Stop using weedkiller – it seems obvious but weedkiller kills the flowers growing in your lawn and contaminates the soil all around it. Some weedkillers can remain active in the soil for a year after application and it is not yet fully known what the effect on insects and invertebrates. If you can’t bear the dandelions (although polinators love them) just take them out by hand!
Wilder Hyde are pleased to report that local Councillors have heeded our concerns about the unnecessary strimming that has been happening in parts of Hyde and have called for a halt to the programme. Some areas will have to be strimmed for health and safety reasons, but extra care is being taken to leave vegetation (in particular wildflowers) at this crucial time for pollinators, nesting birds and wildlife.
Help us to rewild Hyde and Abbotts Barton