News archive: October 2001

Narroways Millennium Green Trust Meetingsare held once a month in the St Werburghs area -The next meeting is at 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday 19th November 2001 at The Miners Arms on Mina Rd., St Werburghs. All are welcome.

Wildlife Observations

We’re moving into to Autumn now though it hasn’t been cold enough to seriously colour up the leaves except for horse chestnuts. It has been a great Autumn for fruits and berries – blackberries and plums locally prolific.

Our bat walk led by Bob Hayward back on 27th July was really interesting – using bat detectors and Bob’s experience we identified several Pipistrelles near the church and a Noctule high over the Church Gardens.

On 14th August Guy saw a flock of seagulls mobbing a Buzzard high over Narroways. We have seen Sparrowhawks recently too – cruising over Boiling Wells valley on 20th August and early on 24th August over Narroways.

During our hay cutting on the Church Field we uncovered an amazing 31 Frogs, 26 Toads and 4 Lizards – volunteer Lizzie Bailey escorted them all safely into the cover of the hedge and not one was knowingly strimmed!

Des recorded seeing Goldfinches, Long-tailed-tits, House Martins, a Grey Squirrel and even a Meadow Pipit during a recent early morning walk on the hill. Foxes seem to be making something of a comeback – they have often been smelt on Narroways and seen in daylight on allotments nearby. There have also been several sightings of Jays this Autumn and a Green Woodpecker.

Site Improvements. Fencing by the Church Path will be done by English Landscapes. The 4 cast iron marker signs should be in by Christmas – they are being cast at present.

We are now working on the Interpretation Boards and have invited a local sculptor to design an artwork for Narroways.

Ashley Vale Action Group (AVAG)had an open day on 13th October outlining the latest developments – solar panels on the buildings, a space for community businesses and plans to control vehicle traffic using a ‘home zone’. Interesting developments in the urban village of St Werburghs.

Narroways Hill is used occasionally by other groups but the trustees should be contacted (via St Werburghs City Farm or our email address) for any Organised Group Activities(beyond the usual dog walking, blackberrying, picnicing, sledging, didgeridoo playing sort of stuff) The main reason is to preserve the wild environment and protect the wildlife there.

The next Volunteer Work Day for Narroways will be at 10.30 on Saturday 20th October when volunteers will be clearing a bit of encroaching scrub from the hill. The hay making day on 15th September went well, once we got started. We had two strimmers, a few rakes and a small bunch of committed volunteers so we managed to cut half of the Church Field. Naomi and Chris did a fine job organising it and providing a picnic lunch on the hill.

Our first AGM was held on 25th September at the City Farm Cafe – 18 people came and we reflected on the past few years since the hill was saved by local people. We seem to have enough dosh as well at the moment.

The Narroways Website carries Records of Animal Speciesobserved in the area. Please contact us if you see anything interesting in or around Narroways. Please mention which date you saw this and any details you can give including just where you saw it.

Continued thanks to Sweet, Hemmings, The Millennium Commission and The Countryside Agency for funding for site improvements.

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