Who’s been working hard for our wild life?
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust’s (BBOWT) Kate Titford finds out how a visit to Gerrards Cross railway station can make a real difference to wildlife
DID you know that BBOWT doesn’t just carry out conservation work in the wilds of Buckinghamshire? On Tuesday August 7 BBOWT will be at Gerrards Cross railway station working to improve the grassy bank for wildlife.
Everyone is welcome to come along between 1pm and 3pm to join the conservation tasks. Kate Sheard, community wildlife officer in Bucks, says: “We’ll be clearing some of the vegetation that has grown up on the bank so that more delicate wild flowers can flourish. These flowers will make the bank more attractive for commuters waiting for their train and help to attract more pollinators such as butterflies.
“Experience with conservation work is not necessary, just an enthusiasm for making the area better for wildlife and people.
“We have a lot of fun chatting to commuters waiting for their trains and explaining how they can help wildlife too.
“We’d love some more local people to get involved and help their station’s wildlife. Come and give it a go!”
BBOWT has been working to improve Gerrards Cross railway station for wildlife for a couple of years. Volunteers from BBOWT, the local community, Gerrards Cross Town Council and Chilterns Railways started to tackle the vegetation, making a visible difference to the area.
You can also help BBOWT to improve Gerrards Cross railway station simply by shopping in the Tesco superstore in Gerrards Cross or Tesco Express at Chalfont St Peter this summer.
Collect blue tokens at the till when you’ve finished shopping and vote in store for BBOWT’s Next Stop Nature project until August 31.
BBOWT is bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Kate Sheard explains: “The Wildlife Trust is part of the county-wide Bucks Buzzing campaign to encourage more people to grow flowers and plants that help to feed and support pollinating insects.
The £1,000 grant from Tesco Bags of Help will enable us to design information panels about pollinators to be displayed at Gerrards Cross railway station.
With £2,000 we will be able to complete the installation of the panels.
“If we’re lucky enough to receive the £4,000 grant it would give us the chance to get Bucks Buzzing and really make a big difference for wildlife and people in Gerrards Cross.
“We will work with a local primary school to create a beautiful mural showing how butterflies, bats and bees pollinate plants and give us food.
“This will complement the work that we are doing already at the station where last year we sowed wild flowers and created a pollinators’ paradise.”
If you’d like to volunteer at Gerrards Cross railway station on August 7, 1pm-3pm, please contact Kate Sheard for more information katesheard@bbowt. org.uk or 01442 826774.
Come and help improve Gerrards Cross railway station for wildlife
Wild flowers will attract pollinators such as bumblebees
A Peacock butterfly