News archive: January 2005

Narroways Millennium Green Trust meetings are held once a month in the St Werburghs area, usually at The Miners Arms -The next meeting however is our Annual General Meeting at 8.00p.m. on Monday 17th January 2005 at The Jack Brimble Centre (the scout hut) on St Werburghs Road, St Werburghs. Everyone welcome.

Volunteering on Narroways

Naomi continues to organise our volunteer days. The next one is on 19th March 2005. MoreVolunteer Work Days for Narroways have been scheduled for the rest of 2005. They are on Saturday mornings on :-

May 21st 2005

August 20th 2005 (haycut)

and October 15th 2005

They are a great way to get involved and do something practical. We usually meet at 21 St Werburghs Park around 10.30.

Volunteers after hay cut

Clearing litter from Church field

Fireworks on the hill We put in a plea in the local paper, Mina Matters, asking people to clear away fireworks from the hill after they have used them. Unfortunately we still had to clear away 6 black plastic bags full, branches were taken off shrubs and burnt and a new fireplace used. Its disappointing.

St Werburghs Alliance is a new local organisation set up as a representative umbrella group to represent St Werburghs interest and hopefully get funding for local projects. Its Mission Statement is”to develop and maintain a healthy multicultural community in a sustainable environment.

A Steam Train passed by in May last year. You could spot the train then spot the train spotters.

Steam train at Narroways Junction

Train spotters

Wildlife Observations

There will be a wildlife review of 2004 available at the AGM on 17th January (see above) but some highlights have included the numerous sightings of Sparrowhawks in the area. We had an introduction under licence by English Nature of 294 Slow Worms from a site threatened by development.
There have been more fox sightings as well – a family of 5 were seen on the embankment. Numerous bird sightings as usual – including first local record for a Grasshopper Warbler. Also Golcrest, Bullfinch, Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel and Whitethroat amongst others.

Remember we produce quarterly email reports of wildlife sightings on Narroways and district. If anyone would like to be put on the mailing list or have any local wildlife sightings to report please contact us at

Blue tits in nesting box.

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, small discrete fireworks party sort of stuff) The main reasons are to preserve the wild environment, protect the wildlife there, and respect other people’s rights to a quiet green space in the city.

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