Parish Wildlife & Natural Landscape
The Parish Council is concerned about the future of our landscape and its wildlife bearing in mind the pressures from development, especially from potential major developments.
The Environmental Records Centre for the West of England (BRERC) is interested in hearing about all wildlife, from what might be thought of as common birds to anything unusual, especially hawks, owls, bats, butterflies, moths, frogs, toads, snakes, beetles and unusual insects. For example, have you seen any hares or hedgehogs locally? Hedgehogs are now rare in many places, with populations becoming more isolated, and ensuring they can move freely between gardens will help these interesting nocturnal animals.
If you have a garden you can easily encourage more wildlife to visit, then perhaps even record what you see from inside the house. However small your garden is, some tips for wildlife gardening are here. Also, please remember slug pellets can be harmful to hedgehogs, thrushes (also in decline) and other species which control slugs as part of their diet.
For further information on North Somerset and local wildlife you might be interested in the following groups and websites:
- Rewilding Wrington (a group of Wrington residents, supported by the Parish Council, transformed some of the village’s grass verges into beautiful spaces brimming with native wildflowers, bees and butterflies.)
- YACWAG (Yatton & Congresbury Wildlife Action Group)
- Avon Wildlife Trust
- Hawk & Owl Trust
- Butterfly Conservation
- Avon Bat Group