Calling all Wildlife lovers…
Shutford is in one of the most beautiful parts of England and so many of us enjoy the wonders of the wildlife in and around our village.
Often walking around the village people share with neighbour’s stories about their local wildlife experiences, be it hedgehogs that have been visiting their garden, newts they have found in their pond, a Barn Owl spotted flying over local fields or Swifts, House Martins, or House Sparrows nesting under the eaves of their houses.
Well now we have our own village Nature Hub where we can record our nature sightings so all the villagers who are interested can share in the excitement of what is spotted in and around Shutford. We hope this is something that many villagers will enjoy getting involved with be they eight or eighty, and indeed either side of that!
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Shutford tel box
In the beautifully restored telephone box, at Jame Corner, there is now a sightings sheet where we can record what wildlife we have seen, and when and where. This might be an animal, bird, insect, fungi or plant.
There are some talented artists and photographers in the village and we would like to encourage people to share photos and drawings and we will have a pocket file where people can leave these (just remember to say who you are and where you took the photo or did the drawing) and we will hope to print a selection in the Shutford News.
It would be great if the younger members of the village would like to get involved and we would especially enjoy seeing their pictures and drawings.
We are hoping that the gathered material will be used in an illustration showing the network of wildlife living in and around Shutford, and how the various plants and animals depend on each other and on us.
In the telephone box are a selection of nature books which anyone can borrow to take on walks or just for reference but please do return them. Any other donations of relevant books for all ages would be gratefully received.
We hope this might also be the start of developing a wildlife interest group in Shutford, perhaps to meet in the new village hall when it is complete. If anyone would be interested in joining such a group we would love to hear from them, and also if there is interest in a club for junior members.
Meanwhile please get recording and if you are walking past the telephone box do stop by to have a look.