Nature watch in Wateryard
Wateryard Nature Watch board in early Autumn 2020.
Wateryard is located at the bottom of Water Lane and has open fields on the opposite side of the road. The Bidwell stream becomes the Chelveston Brook, running beside the lane before turning and heading down to the River Nene. The rural setting, availability of food, water and shelter combine to make the area attractive to passing wildlife.
Residents record the wildlife sightings each season on a blackboard.
Jennie Clark (Chelveston) is our local Hedgehog Champion. There over 40,000 Hedgehog Champions in the UK, who are inspiring the public to make their gardens hedgehog-friendly, and recruiting their neighbours to create "Hedgehog Streets" in their local community.
Hedgehogs are a natural predator that can eat up to 80 slugs a night. Encourage them into your garden by making a 13cm x 13cm hole in your fence. Do hedgehogs visit your garden? Have you linked your garden with your neighbours? If so, Email "HOG" and/or "HOLE" along with your street name to email@example.com.
Hedgehog Highway sign above a hole in a fence.
HogFact - Hedgehogs usually hibernate from October/November through to March/April. Research has shown that each individual hedgehog is likely to move nesting sites at least once during this period and so they can sometimes be seen out and about. During mild winters hedgehogs can remain active well into November and December.
Protected Wildflower Verge
The only designated wildlife area in the parish is the Protected Wildflower Verge (PWV), formerly a Local Wildlife Site (LWS), known as Caldecott Verges. It is located on the road between Caldecott and Chelston Rise. This protected verge is identified by marker posts at either end.
Protected Wildflower Verge marker post