Wattisfield’s Nature Restoration Project

About

Since the 1930s, 97% of the UKs meadow land has been lost, resulting in the decline or disappearance of many species.

 
The aim of the project is to support nature in our community until it can take care of itself.
 
It is hoped that Wattisfield’s community will help to play a vital role in addressing the biodiversity loss by providing habitats and flora to encourage pollinating insects, such as bees, butterflies, small mammals and birds.
 
The project also aims to educate and inform children, encouraging an interest in nature.
 
“Roots of understanding grow deep, when curious minds are nourished in nature.”  Nell Regan Kartychok
 
If you would like to be involved in this project, please contact us at wnrp@wattisfieldvillagehall.co.uk

Wattisfield Wildlife Photography Competition

Subject material – Native wildlife or nature which could include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, plants, flowers, trees, fungi, or insects (not captive).

 

Location – Wattisfield or surrounding area.

 

Prize – The 12  chosen entries will go into the 2025 calendar, and the overall winner will have their entry printed onto a canvas.

 

Please email your entries to wnrp@wattisfieldvillagehall.co.uk

Competition Rules

  1. Entry should include with the photograph, entrants name, title/caption, location and date when the photograph was taken.
  2. No restriction on the number of entries per person.
  3. Your entry must be your own original work.
  4. By entering the completion, you are giving us permission to exhibit and print, and publish your photograph in our calendar and on our website.
  5. Your Entry must be in landscape format, and at least 1 MB.
  6. Your Entry must be received before midnight on 30 September 2024 (“the Closing Date”).
  7. By entering you confirm that your entry does not infringe the rights of any other person.
  8. You confirm that you are the owner of the copyright in your entry.
  9. Your Entry should not include the image of any living person within the picture or any representation of a person. Any Entry that includes any such image whether intended or otherwise shall be deemed void and will be excluded from the competition.
  10. We acknowledge that you will remain the owner of the copyright of your photograph.
  11. The entries will be shortlisted. 12 entries will be chosen by Daniel Barber to go into the calendar.  There will be a public vote to decide on the overall winner.  The overall winner will receive a printed canvas of their photograph, and the photograph will be the cover of the calendar.  All 12 entries will receive a free copy of the calendar. The decision of the judge Daniel Barber will be final.
  12. We reserve the right to amend, suspend, curtail or cancel this competition at any time at our discretion.
  13. We take your privacy seriously, names and addresses will be used to support the competition and not used for any other purpose and will then be deleted.
  14. By completing the entry form and submitting Your Entry you are confirming that you have understood and agree to be bound by the rules of this competition.

Please email your entries to wnrp@wattisfieldvillagehall.co.uk

Bug Hotel - Our first project

If you’ve visited the Wattisfield Village Hall recently, you may have noticed the addition to our beautiful community garden of a ‘bug hotel’.  The ‘hotel’ was built for our community by the very talented Wayne Baalham, and was entirely created out of old palettes and scrap wood.
 
Why do we need a bug hotel?
 
Insects are a vital part of a successful garden.  Many helping to control and reduce the populations of detrimental insects, as well as being responsible for the pollination of flowers.
 
Many of our garden pollinators are solitary insects like butterflies, moths, ladybirds and solitary bees. These insects do not live in colonies and must find a warm, dry space to build their nests and to hibernate over the winter.
 
With the increase in commercial farming and the loss of hedgerows that used to border farms and edges of roads, a bug hotel offers an essential replacement of their habitat. The decline in bee populations has been in the news for the last few years. Without these essential pollinators, our very existence as a species is threatened as our food supply begins to be affected.
 
As the insects take up residence in the bug hotel, you will be able to observe who checks in and how they live. You might worry that insects will sting or bite. However, solitary bees are not at all aggressive, the males have no sting, and the females will only sting if threatened. Even then, their sting is very weak and unlikely to penetrate the skin.
 
So I hope you will join me in welcoming this wonderful new addition to our community space as well as the tiny creatures who will live there.
 

Have you spotted the bird boxes in the trees at the recreation ground?

Bird boxes have been made, and donated to Wattisfield village; they are now located in the trees around the recreation ground.  See if you can spot them.

 

Different species of birds require different types of nest boxes.  The smaller birds require a much smaller entrance hole, they will squeeze in and this protects them from larger birds.

 

A bird box will provide shelter and somewhere safe to nest and rest.  The mature lime and chestnut trees and the insects that live on them will be  a food source for some of the birds.

 

Blue tits and great tits require a clear flight path to the entrance of their nest box while a robin in its open fronted box prefers to be hidden away.  Tree creeper and nuthatches prefer to live in crevices, there are nest boxes which reflect  their need.  

 

Bat boxes coming soon!

Wildlife Identifier

Another addition to the Community Garden.  A beautiful wildlife identifier has been donated to the villagers of Wattisfield by Wattisfield’s Nature Restoration Project group to help you observe and learn about nature.  

Join our Facebook group and let us know what you spot.


You could send us a photo!

Gallery

Wattisfield's Nature Restoration Project Minutes

Useful links

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Wattisfield's Nature Restoration Projects