Millennium Green Events – Explore in ‘24 

January

Big Green Birdwatch  Saturday 27th 10-11.30 ish Meet at the Blyth Mews bridge, near the playground.
 (What 3 words ///neater.trackers.consented) See results

February

WinterLight!     Trail/quiz on the Green – half term 17th-25th Feb.
18 interesting things are hidden along the path – can you find them all and answer the questions?   See here for Trail/quiz sheet
Launch in the library – 10.30 Saturday 17th Feb with the OffCut Singers’ – tree songs and much more…

Film and slide show – Halesworth Millennium Green Past and Future
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..  Sun 25th February at the Cut, as part of Halesworth Ash – Big Green Film Day

 

April

Otter footprint + £1 coin

Sunday April 21st – 10.30am – Water voles and otters
A walk along the Green’s waterways with ecologist Penny Hemphill (for many years Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Water for Wildlife Officer.)
We’ll learn how to look for signs of water voles and otters along any waterway (Footprints, droppings and feeding remains. )
Both these species use the Green’s rivers, dykes and ponds.

Meet at Blyth Mews footbridge in the Town Park (What 3 words ///neater.trackers.consented)
And afterwards…12 noon – a short film show of various riverside mammals who live on or visit the Green. In The Stables behind The Angel.

May

Greater whitethroat

Sunday May 5th – 4.30 am – A Dawn Chorus Walk
An early start to mark Dawn Chorus Day. No need to trek off to ancient woodlands or reedbed reserves – we’ve got a whole host of songbirds who’ll be waking up and shouting right here on the Green. In the company of experts, you can learn to tell a song thrush from a mistle thrush, and a Cetti’s warbler from a whitethroat. How are the songbirds faring? Will we hear more than 20 species? Come and find out.
Plus hot drinks and cakes at the end.
Meet at the entrance to Arthur’s Wood – down the track by the railway bridge in Quay Street. (What 3 words ///songbirds.basics.toward) 
For full list of birds heard go to Wildlife on MG 2024

 

Yellow flag iris

Thursday May 30th (6.30 – 8pm)Plant Hunting – evening walk
with ecologist and plant enthusiast Dorothy Casey, to look for some of the Green’s early summer wildflowers and compare today’s list with what we know was here 20 years ago. Find out more about why we manage some areas of the Green so intensively and leave others alone.
Meet at  the entrance to Arthur’s Wood – down the track by the railway bridge in Quay Street. (What 3 words ///songbirds.basics.toward) 

 

June

Saturday June 15thMillennium Green’s Bike Day (10 – 4) – bike wheel sculpture, bike challenges and fun.
PLUS a demonstration of several bikes adapted for people with disabilities by Bike Active North Suffolk, a group who will be starting to offer rides on the Green in 2025. This is your chance to meet them and their bikes, see how you might come and help – or make use of the opportunity. This will be a new group working in a very similar way to BikeActive Norfolk. (See website)

Sunday June 30thPlant Hunting walk (10-11.30am)
with ecologist and plant enthusiast Dorothy Casey, to look for some of the Green’s mid summer wildflowers and compare today’s list with what we know was here 20 years ago. Find out more about why we manage some areas of the Green so intensively and leave others alone. 
Meet at  the entrance to Arthur’s Wood – down the track by the railway bridge in Quay Street. (What 3 words ///songbirds.basics.toward) 

July

Saturday July 20th – An invertebrate “bioblitz” (10-4)
Calling all beetle-, bug-, fly-, etc enthusiasts – we’re asking anyone who’s keen and knowledgeable about invertebrates to come and see what they can find all over the Green.
We have lots of data from former years but we’d love to add to it, and compare today’s total with what we know from the past.
Please get in touch and come and join in. It’s a big place, and very varied, we welcome all the help we can get.
(Entry to White Admiral from Jerry Bowdrey (Gall Recorder Suffolk Naturalists’ Society) SNS Invertebrate Recording Meeting 20th July 2024 10.00am to 4 pm. Halesworth Millenium Green invertebrate survey. Buns and soft drinks provided. Situated in the centre of Halesworth, the Millennium Green is celebrating 25 years in public ownership and to mark this occasion they are keen to update their invertebrate records for the site. This mixed habitat comprises grassland, wetland, a canal, mature trees and a smaller heathy area and SNS Recorders and other specialists should find much to interest them here. To express an interest in attending or for further information, please contact Nicky Rowbottom (nicky.rowbottom@btinternet.com))
 
July date and time to be arranged – in school hols – a dragonfly hunt – with Neal Armor Chelu

 August

Wednesday August 7th (7.30-8.30pm)  – Bat evening walk
with bat surveyor and enthusiast Alan Miller to look (and listen with detectors) for bats on the Green. Come and enter the twilight world of these airborne insect-predators. Some bats weigh no more than a 2p piece but can pack away 500 insects an hour. Will we find the same species as in our 2016 survey?
If you’ve got a bat detector, please bring it along. 
Meet at the River Lane entrance to the Green (near the basketball court) (What 3 words ///chess.supply.shortage)

Regular

Regular work parties happen  on Wednesday mornings.

Click here for general information.

Volunteers are hugely welcome, please contact us for more details.