2014

WINTER FAYRE STALL 14th DECEMBER 2014

14th ANNUAL OPEN MEETING 28th SEPTEMBER 2014

DOG WALK 24th JULY 2014

Twenty-five people and fifteen dogs responded to our invitation to this experimental walk. What a terrific group of dogs and owners as there wasn’t a moment’s tension. The weather was on our side and many present were introduced to areas of the Green (and it’s wildlife and history) that they didn’t know existed- including Rails End.A big thank you to Elaine Brown (qualified dog trainer, instructor and behaviour practitioner) for being on hand to offer advice and answer any dog walking related questions

GLOW WORMS WALK 15TH JULY 2014

The weather was perfect for the evening Glow Worm Walk but unfortunately wildlife does not come pre-ordered and not one was spotted during the walk itself. However, 30+ people had a terrific time as we explored the Green while waiting for dusk  –  whirligig beetles, dark bush crickets and red soldier beetle were just some of the mini beasts found on the night who share the Green with the glow worms. The children were very excited about seeing bats flying above them as we walked along the track. Everyone was inspired to hunt for glow worms themselves now they know what to look for, where and when

WATER LIFE WALK 6th JULY 2014

Despite more wet weather accompanying one of the Greens summer walks we were joined by a group of eager young wildlife fans (and accompanying adults) for the water life walk and pond dipping activity led by John Harold- they were rewarded with tanks full of boatmen, backswimmers, stickleback, louse, leaches, nymphs, snails and larvae and the mornings star turn…a Great Diving Beetle. An extra treat was the sight of a grass snake and slow worms under the tin sheets specially situated to monitor and record the reptiles on the Green.

SUFFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST WILDFLOWER WALK 28th JUNE 2014

The Green welcomed members of the Southwold branch of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, along with some of our regular walk attendees, for this Saturday morning wildflower walk. The threatened heavy showers held off until later that day and the 32 people present were treated to a tour of the Greens varied flora by experienced local botanist Graham Peck and added bonuses in the form of meadow brown, ringlet and comma butterflies, male and female banded demoiselle and a grass snake in Folly Meadow.

BAT WALK 27th MAY 2014

There was something of the ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ to the Bat Walk- constant heavy rain threatened to keep both the Bats and those wishing to hear and see them away, however 19 hardy souls braved the conditions and persevered for two very wet hours and spirits were kept high by the enthusiasm, knowledge and communication skills of walk leader Dr Iain Barr- who really brought the hidden and mysterious world of these creatures to life before we’d even encountered any. The perseverance paid off as we both saw and heard (courtesy of bat detectors- brought along by Dr Barr for those present to use) Common Pipistrelle and  Soprano Pipistrelle Bat species and everyone went home drenched but with big smiles on their faces.

DAWN CHORUS 18th MAY 2014

 

A 4.15am start in the middle of May didn’t put twenty people off listening to the sound of a dawn chorus on the Green and experiencing the place at a time of the day that was new to the majority of us- the early start rewarded us with fading moonlight followed by the sight of mist shrouded meadows and finally a sunrise over Blyth Meadow, the perfect backdrop for the 31 species of birds that were heard and seen during the morning

PLANT SALE 11th May 2014

EDGAR SEWTER SCHOOL AND ‘ROYAL OAK’ PLANTING 19th MARCH 2014