Come and get mucky! Stroud Valleys Project are heading out to the great outdoors to get down and dirty (and wet!) with the BBC’s Springwatch Wild Day Out event.

The BBC is set to inspire new wildlife heroes to do something for nature and increase biodiversity in gardens and greenspaces in a Springwatch season of events.

Wildlife enthusiasts can join in locally at The Long Ground in Stroud, on Sunday 6th June, 10am-1pm as part of the BBC’s popular Breathing Places campaign.  The free event marks the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 promoting the importance of protecting a wide range of species across the UK and around the world.

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Volunteers found baby slow worms whilst bagging up 15 sack-fulls of rubbish during a spring clear at Summer Crescent.

Stroud Valleys Project’s volunteers were amazed at the quantity and diversity of rubbish during a spring clear at Summer Crescent. 15 bags were filled up and countless un-baggable big items were also unearthed before the grass grows.

Ivi Szaboova, who organised the clear up, said: “Apart from the usual spare tyre and the ubiquitous plastic leftovers from impromptu picnics we also found a car battery and a concreted-in washing line pole. On a more positive note though, we also discovered four tiny baby slow-worms.”

Some of the dumped rubble was turned into an inviting home for these amazing creatures. Slow-worms prefer humid habitats, including grassy meadows and woodland margins. Locally they can be found in rural gardens and commonly fall prey to cats. Slow-worms hibernate under piles of leaves, within tree roots or crevices in banks, and prefer to hide under rocks and logs – or in your compost heap!

 For more information about getting involved in work at greenspaces in Stroud and Cainscross, please phone Ivi on 01453 753358.

The fallout from the Icelandic volcano should make people think about growing their own fruit and vegetables says environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project.

Director of project Clare Mahdiyone said: “The grounding of aircraft bringing in food from other countries just highlights our lack of sustainability.  There is now a great opportunity for people to think about growing their own vegetables at home or on an allotment.”

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Environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project is supporting National Beanpole Week (April 17 to April 25 ) by asking all gardeners to use eco-friendly, locally grown and coppiced beanpoles and pea sticks.

Director of project Clare Mahdiyone said: ”We want local gardeners to use British grown coppiced beanpoles to do their bit to support the environment and to help continue ancient countryside skills and traditions.”

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If you want to see a modern-day dragon, head down to the  Stroud Valleys Project’s annual survey of Great Crested Newts in Stonehouse on Friday 23rd (7.30-9pm) and Saturday 24th April (7-8.30am).

Help to count Great Crested Newts, one of our local protected species, for Stroud Valleys Project’s annual survey in Stonehouse.   A rare opportunity to get a close up view and to find out details about their ecology.  We will set up newt- friendly traps on Friday evening and will be checking them early on Saturday morning and releasing them back to where we found them.

Wear wellies and outdoor gear and bring a torch for the evening session.

For details and to book a place contact Nadine Smykatz-Kloss on 01453 753358.

Would you like to have birds serenading you while you relax in your garden? Do you think it would be lovely to see more butterflies but you don’t know what kinds of plants will attract them? And how on earth do you keep the slugs away from your lettuces? If you would like to find out how you can transform your garden into a wildlife haven, book your place on Stroud Valleys Project’s wildlife gardening workshops.

 You can get your hands dirty, try out hedgeplanting, pond-dipping, learn about insects, birds and bats, make a squelchy bog garden and create a hedgehog box as well as get advice on how to transform the smallest of urban gardens into a great home for wildlife. If you want easy, practical tips that won’t cost the earth, come and get mucky!

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Volunteers from Stroud Valleys Project have just finished planting nearly 4,000 trees making up 1.km of new hedgerows around the district . The majority of the work has been carried out in Frampton as part of restoring the area following gravel extraction.

Project officer Nadine Smykatz-Kloss said: “Besides planting hedgerows in Frampton we restored four traditional orchards, created a new pond, restored two more ponds and planted 12 in-field trees. If one person had tackled all this work alone it would have taken 204 days!”

 “Our volunteers have been just brilliant turning out to work in the snow, wind and rain to get the job done,” said project officer Richard Lewis who worked with volunteers out at Eastington hedge planting and installing kissing gates.

 SVP wants to continue this type of work so if you know of any hedgerows that may need restoring please contact the SVP on 01453 753358.

Spring is just around the corner – spring to action with Stroud Valleys Project to shake off the winter blues with this brisk walk to Bull’s Cross. 

Finally after that long, hard winter, spring is just around the corner. During this 8km circular walk you can spot the first signs of nature’s amazing annual revival, walking through old beech woodlands and fields, with spectacular views.

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Wildlife walks to celebrate Spring are on offer from Stroud Valleys Project in March. There will be a wild daffodil walk at Betty Daw’s Wood, a spring walk to Bull’s Cross, birdwatching beside the Severn, a geology walk at Heartbreak quarry and a lantern walk at Thistledown.

Director of projects, Clare Mahdiyone, said: “ We organise these walks so that local people have a chance to get closer to nature and see the wonderful array of wildlife which surrounds and supports us."

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Sunday 21st March, 10am – 1pm

Spring is just around the corner – spring to action with Stroud Valleys Project to shake off the winter blues with this brisk walk to Bull’s Cross.  Finally after that long, hard winter, spring is just around the corner.  During this 8km circular walk you can spot the first signs of nature’s amazing annual revival, walking through old beech woodlands and fields, with spectacular views.

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registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

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Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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