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

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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.

PIC­TURE: KATE SHEARD

Come and help im­prove Ger­rards Cross rail­way sta­tion for wildlife

PIC­TURE: NIGEL SMITH

Wild flow­ers will at­tract pol­li­na­tors such as bum­ble­bees

PIC­TURE: CHRIS GOD­DARD

A Pea­cock but­ter­fly

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