Our first Conservation Working Party of the Autumn season will be held on the morning of Saturday 2nd November. We will meet at the bridge near to the Scout Hut, Elder Road at 10am. We normally finish about 12.30. Our main task will be to carry out some scrub clearance in the wooded areas alongside the stream. This work is carried out on a rotation over three / four years. It allows light to reach the woodland floor and for a wider variety of wild flower plants to flourish. With support and guidance from Dorset Wildlife Trust, our work is helping to conserve the best of what is already there and make the stream and its environs even more wildlife friendly. Our work over past years has certainly enhanced the riverside area for plants, birds and animals. Please come and join us. Many hands make for light work; all are welcome (under 16s should be accompanied by an adult). No experience is required, there’s a friendly crowd, it is great fun and good exercise too! If you have some clippers, loppers or a hand saw please bring them with you. If not, don’t worry – we’ll have some spares. A further Conservation Work Party will be held on Saturday 7th December. Further dates in 2020 will be announced nearer the time. Contact Us If you would like to know more about the work of the Wildlife and Environment Group or to be included on our e-mailing list, please contact: Tony Bates at email@example.com / 01929 471563 or Mike Gee at firstname.lastname@example.org / 0775 988 4942.
Environment Group Reorganisation
We have now split our Environment Group into 2 smaller groups, to help give better focus to specific areas. The Wildlife Conservation Group will consist of Amy Yeats, Councillor Tony Bates and Mike Gee, with a new Parish Amenity Group formed, consisting of Councillors Robin Pitcher and Laurie Fairhurst, to focus more on the Park, Rights of Way and Street Furniture around the village, and to provide support to the Lengthsman. We always welcome more volunteers though, so if you wish to be involved with either of these groups, please contact the Clerk, Amanda Crocker, for further information.
Autumn 2019 Autumn and the season of morning mists and mellow fruitfulness is now upon us. It’s a time when swallows and other birds prepare for their migration to warmer climes and nature generally slows down as it prepares itself for a rest over the winter months. Nevertheless, there are plenty of birds that over winter here and mammals that are active throughout the winter season. It is vitally important that they have a good food source. So, please don’t be over tidy in your gardens – leave some seed heads and dead foliage. This will provide food for birds and refuges for various insects like ladybirds. Also, if have you have a bird feeder keep it topped up and if you don’t, why not consider getting one – the birds provide a great spectacle.
Brown Trout We are very fortunate to have a healthy population of brown trout in the Bere Stream. They can often be spotted from the bridges ‘hanging’ in the water with their heads up stream and on the lookout for prey, darting to safety under the bridge if they spot you. Their title ‘brown’ doesn’t do them justice as they are a beautiful fish with golden yellow-brown appearance, yellow belly and many black and red spots all over the body. Their attractive appearance belies their predatory nature always on the hunt for prey – be it insect larvae, small fish and insects – and they sport a fearsome row of teeth. Brown trout can grow to over 50cm (18 inches) in length and can have a lifespan in excess of 15 years. That said, it is estimated that in excess of 95% of young fish die or are predated within their first year. You may ask what is it that brown trout like about Bere Stream. Two things – one, the water is relatively clean and, two, the stream has a gravel bed. Trout are dependent upon a gravel bed into which their fertilised eggs are buried in the early months of the year. The young fish, called 'fry', hatch and feed on the nutritious yolk sac before moving on to feast on insects. It is vitally important that the cleanliness of the stream is maintained or, ideally, improved. Run-off from fields and roads can lead to a build-up of silt in the base of the river, covering gravel and preventing the fish from burying their eggs; over-use use of fertiliser can introduce nitrates and nutrients into the stream which will led to excessive weed and algae growth chocking the water course; and incorrect connections of such as washing machines into surface water sewers can pollute the water course.