Our hedgehogs are really struggling. Have a look at a new short article in the Nature Notes section of this website, written by committee member, Graham Tuppen, to see what you might be able to do in your garden to help them. A number have been seen recently around the village in gardens, so there is some hope for them if we all do our bit.
On Tuesday 15th March, a band of volunteers from Ferring Conservation Group gathered on the banks of Ferring Rife for a tree planting morning. Over 100 native trees had been obtained by the Group from the Woodland Trust to add to those trees already planted in the area over the last five years. The long term plan is to provide an effective wildlife corridor here, and the varieties of trees planted – Downy Birch, Rowan, Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly and Crab Apple – will result in a diverse habitat. These will be well suited to the open and exposed location.
Later, in conjunction with the nearby Ferring Country Centre, the workers went on to plant a large number of Willow whips around the boundary of some of their horse paddocks stretching out towards the East Preston Gap. Again, this will provide a feature which will develop over the years, it will attract wildlife and will act as a windbreak. After the planting was completed, most of the work party visited the cafe at the Country Centre for a hot drink and something to eat.
Group Chairman David Bettiss,who organised the morning, said, “This was another successful morning by Ferring Conservation Group to generally improve the area for wildlife and as a place for people to visit as the trees grow. I want to thank our volunteer members who have turned out again to help. We were very lucky though to have a bright, sunny but chilly day. The rewards of our efforts on the day and from previous work days will be seen over the years to come.”
We’re holding 2 separate practical work days coming up soon in the village – can you help us?
Firstly, we’re working on cutting back the undergrowth around our planted trees on the Rife. This will be at 10am on Weds 14th Oct (please note this date has changed from the one announced at the last meeting). Meet at the footbridge over the Rife for an hour’s work – no more! Please wear suitable clothing including gloves, and bring your own shears (or similar) if possible.
Secondly, in conjunction with Ferring Parish Council, we’ll be carrying out the annual cutting back of undergrowth around the Warren Pond .This one is on a Saturday morning – Sat 7th Nov, also from 10am. Please meet by the pond at The Warren, and wear clothing/ bring shears as above. A skip has been hired again for all the debris, so we need to fill it!
We hope to see you there to carry out these essential tasks.
Following on from the recent practical clearance work at Warren Pond in South Ferring carried out by Ferring Conservation Group volunteers in partnership with Ferring Parish Council, the latest improvement was the installation of a Tawny Owl nestbox on a Lime tree adjacent to the pond.
The box was donated by a local resident, and was installed by local tree surgeons, Bushwackers. We now await the arrival of a resident Tawny Owl (!) – at least one has been heard in the immediate vicinity, so we are keeping our fingers crossed.
The next move for the ongoing restoration of the pond is a proper professional survey which is being arranged jointly by the Parish Council and the Group to take place in the next week. A management plan will then be drawn up to restore the pond over a number of years to a valuable wildlife habitat.
On 21st October, a working party of Ferring Conservation Group members met on the Village Green at Ferring to carry out some bulb planting in partnership with Arun District Council. Hundreds of bulbs including some native daffodils, various varieties of tulips, as well as crocus were planted in the bed on the north side of the green adjacent to Ferring Street by the path that leads to the public toilets.
Keep your eyes open from next Spring and hopefully every year after that to see the fruits of our Group’s labours.
As part of our commitment to help improve the Ferring Village Green, we are joining up with Arun District Council for a bulb planting session there at 2pm on Tuesday 21st October.
It would be good to see a decent turnout of local people, and the fruits of our labours will be seen next Spring and hopefully every year after that when the flowers bloom. Meet on the Green and please come armed with trowels and/or bulb planters.
We are shortly to commence the restoration of this much loved pond in Ferring, which is now owned by Ferring Parish Council. Much work needs to be done in partnership with the Council over the coming months, but this will start with a work day on Saturday October 11th commencing at 10am.
The work on this day will be cutting back some of the undergrowth and brambles around the perimeter to allow better access to make a proper assessment of the site. Please come along to help us on the day for this important work. It will help to start the process of getting the pond back to being a valuable wildlife habitat.
Please wear old clothes and gloves and bring secateurs/ loppers. The pond is situated in South Ferring at the junction of the Warren and Florida Road. We hope to see you there.
Please help us to carry out the last formal clean up of the year of Ferring Beach on Saturday September 20th – meeting at the east end of the Bluebird Cafe car park at 11am. This is part of the nationwide Great British Beach Clean co-ordinated by the Marine Conservation Society, and it will be our bit to rid the beach and surrounds of unwanted litter. Long handled pickers and bags will be provided. We hope to see you there!