Elmfield wild flower corridor. Please, do not pick us.

We’re so pleased the wild flower bee and wildlife corridor we’ve worked so hard to cultivate seems to be doing well and welcome visitors who want to enjoy looking at it. It is still fragile and will not survive if the flowers are picked. Two people were seen today helping themselves to the flowers. 

Please, if you see anyone picking the flowers do explain that they are the result of hard work by residents and designed to encourage our depleted bee numbers to thrive and we ask they are left to thrive and reseed.
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Tragic events at the Moorhen nest

Unusually, a moorhen decided to build a nest in the flood relief channel earlier in the month. There seems to be alot more bird activity on the road this year, with even ducks and geese coming up onto land. Displaced by disturbances to their usually quiet and private nesting spaces at the ‘wetlands’ maybe?

All seemed fine. We’d hardly had much rain so the channel has been quiet and calm for weeks.

Nest first spotted (we kept it a bit quiet to avoid disturbance).

Even more eggs appeared!

Unfortunately, disaster has struck. It appears last night the rain must have been pretty torrential. We’re guessing the nest, despite appearing to be very well built and stable, must have been largely washed away (or is under the water).

 

This morning (17 May 2017) – the moorhen still nesting on the remains of what was the nest.

 

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Wild flowers, May 2017

Art Trail 2017 June 3 – 18th

Hi all

This year’s Art Trail guide is available to download from the Art trail site.

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1000 Swifts Over Walthamstow – Elmfield Road Update

You will have had a newsletter about the 1000 Swifts project posted through your door in the past few days. Do look out for it as it has a template on the back that people who want to join in with building the ambitious whole road project can use.

On June 2nd we’ll be out in the early evening setting up the our Swifts and before then, weather permitting, one weekend we’ll get together on the green for a chat to share info about what people are thinking of doing (and maybe even go for a ‘swift’ drink!) – join up with the street email forum (instructions are in the newsletter) to keep up to date.

Hedgehogs are on the move again.

We are lucky to have hedgehogs on the street, but garden fences cause them serious problems. Make some holes folks!

https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/help-hedgehogs/link-your-garden/

Pesticides and Bees

Many on the road have actively worked to improve the number of bees around by planting bee-friendly plants. Bees are constantly under threat, especially from the use of pesticides. FoE say:

“Right now, 3 neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) are banned in the UK and other European countries after they were found to pose a risk to bees.  But the ban isn’t permanent and is under constant attack from pesticide firms and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). At the start of 2017, the NFU made an application to use neonics on British oilseed rape fields sown this year. But the details of the application are being kept a secret from us.”

For more information and a link to ask your MP to back the ban, follow the link below.

https://act.foe.co.uk/act/ask-your-mp-back-ban-bee-harming-pesticides?utm_source=Friends+of+the+Earth+Communications&utm_campaign=b1b1db6062-LM1704017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_383af65c6b-b1b1db6062-22560485