AHEAD Annual Charity Walk and Ride, July 2nd.

As usual, our green space will be the location for the start and end of the annual AHEAD charity walk and bike ride. Our neighbour Roy explains “A small charity I’m involved in is again running a charity bike ride from our green in early July. All are welcome to join and take part. It’s a relatively small event and is mainly off-road across the marshes and into Victoria and Mile End park before returning to the green.”

AHEAD say “The event aims to  raise funds to build a hostel for disadvantaged girls in Oromia, Ethiopia, who otherwise would be unable to access secondary school education. Enjoy a great day out across the new and old of North East London; keep fit and support a great cause!”

For more information and details on how to register go to The AHEAD site.

Elmfield Foxes.

If you choose to live in London on the edge of the beautiful and peaceful Walthamstow Marshes you will inevitably share your garden with wildlife, especially spiders and urban foxes. Complaining about fox disruption to gardens is the same as moving to the high street because of the vibrancy of the market and then complaining about the noise when the traders set up at 3am. 

Foxes have been here long before houses were built here and will no doubt still be here long after. They don’t differentiate between the marshes and our gardens. Until recently they used spare bits of land to raise cubs. Now these are all built on they have started resorting to using whatever space they can still find in their territory, ideally close to a suitable food source of e.g. mice, rats, invertebrates etc.

Mange has spread through the local fox population. This awful disease causes suffering and can spread to other animals, so people have been putting out medication to try to eradicate the outbreak, using jam to encorage the foxes to eat it. This is a 4-6 weeks program of treatment. It does not constitute feeding them.

If you don’t like foxes in your garden please don’t seal it up – we have hedgehogs who use all our gardens. There are many ways to discourage foxes from your garden.

While foxes are considered by some to be pest animals, they are not legally classed as vermin. The council  does not have a duty to control them. They will refer you to so-called ‘vermin control’ private companies who will claim to relocate them but will kill them.

Here’s some useful articles:

https://foxproject.org.uk/deterrence/
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23167-culling-urban-foxes-just-doesnt-work/

.https://www.timeout.com/london/blog/the-secret-life-of-londons-foxes-093016
http://londonist.com/2015/07/what-would-london-be-like-without-foxes

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2116583-there-are-five-times-more-urban-foxes-in-england-than-we-thought/

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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.