The success of last Thursday’s habitat creation session with Willows Youth has motivated our volunteers to begin to develop the area next to the bug hotel and log pile. We brought forward our plans to put the many tree stumps that remain from tree clearance activities in the graveyard to good use. We have begun to develop a garden feature known as a ‘stumpery’ planted with ferns etc. This will be a further addition to the habitat value of this part of the site which is a vital part of our vision of a low-maintenance wildlife and memorial garden on the historic Saron site.
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Our volunteers have made these bug boxes from pieces of scrap wood and other waste materials. These will be erected this week in warm, sheltered positions in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. They will give nature a helping hand by providing perfect habitats for small beneficial creatures such as ladybirds, lacewings, spiders and solitary bees.
The Saron Graveyard Project is working to create a memorial and wildlife garden. If you have been following the progress of the project you will have seen some of the ways in which we have begun to improve the habitat value of this area of the village. Now we intend to do something for our bats. These have been described as “unique mysterious creatures glimpsed at dusk darting through the night sky as they hunt for insects”.
Why do bats need our help? Sadly our UK bat populations have declined dramatically during the past century. Many of the roosting sites and feeding grounds that they need have been destroyed to make way for buildings and roads, or other changes in land use. Pesticides have not only killed many of their insect prey, but also some of the bats themselves.
At our next Volunteer Day in June we will be installing some bat boxes in suitable locations. Why not call in to see what we are doing? You will be made most welcome.
You might even be motivated to make and erect your own bat boxes. You will find plenty of helpful information online.