Fields are alive with the sounds of spring – but birds still need feeding
THE wonderful spring is matched by the fantastic news of some higher level stewardship from Defra, for which Totteridge Fields will be a recipient. This should be made available later in 2012/13.
Meanwhile, chiffchaff and blackcap can be heard singing, the vanguard of summer migrants. The early spring last week also resulted in the first swarm of honeybees some four weeks early.
As a reminder, it is as necessary to supply water for birds in summer as in winter, so please be sure to refill every day.
Feeding birds for those who have a feeding station is also essential in summer, as many species shortly with broods to feed have difficulty if the ground is hard or weather changes.
If you have a pond now alive with tadpoles, be sure to cover the edges with netting in order to save them from crows, magpies and even blackbirds – but be careful not to unwittingly trap the birds under it.
Don’t forget to visit trust reserves now spring is here – Oak Hill Woods, East Barnet, Lyndhurst Park and Mill Hill Old Railway (only open every Sunday), as well as Totteridge Fields.
We urgently need everyone’s help. There are plans to build an eight-storey development right on the edge of Gunnersbury Triangle.
We are concerned that this development will have a significantly detrimental impact on the reserve, not only by posing a threat to wildlife, but also by ruining the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.
The height and proximity of the development to the reserve boundary means that the building will loom over the Triangle, creating a feeling of intrusion.
Future residents’ pets, noise and potential use of the reserve as an extended garden could also further disturb or damage wildlife and habitats.
Please read London Wildlife Trust’s objection to the development proposal on our website, www.wildlondon.org.uk
With the advent of new planning laws, while our group is selective and highly successful in contesting or influencing planning applications, we urgently need more volunteers willing to help make a difference. Please call 07973 825 165.