Friends of Normandy Wildlife

Friends of Normandy Wildlife

The Normandy Wildlife Group has been set up by Normandy Parish Council.  Their aims are:

  • To be aware of what wildlife our village has by keeping records for the future. This needs to be done by monitoring gardens and open spaces within the village as it may help keep our greenbelt from being built on in the future
  • To meet like minded villagers who have a passion for wildlife or want to learn about our wildlife and keep it for generations to come by documenting what we have on our doorstep.

Our new venue for Autumn, Winter & Spring talks is St Mark's Church Hall on Guildford Road in Normandy.  We currently meet on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm until April 2018 then from September 2018 we will meet on the second Monday of the month.  All are welcome to attend including children. The cost is £2 for members (membership is £10 and is due in April of each year)and £3 for non-members with children/students free of charge.

Our spring talks are:

Wednesday 11th April - Swifts - Dr Edward Mayer founder and Head of the Swift Conservation (will explain to us how this small legless endangered bird needs our help in putting up special nestboxes (on our modern houses) for them to use when they arrive in the UK from their long migration from Africa.

Our summer walks are:

Saturday 9th June - Basingstoke canal walk from Ash Vale towards Aldershot.  Come and join us looking for birds, flora & fauna and hopefully dragonflies.  Please email fnwildlife@gmail.com if you are interested in coming so we can email you with the meeting point and time.

End of June for a warm muggy evening!  Bill Stanworth (our moth, insect, butterfly, fungi generally everything wildlife expert of the fnw committee) would like to look for glow worms and moths on Normandy Common (parking opposite Session Music).  However, to get best viewings of both we need one of those warm muggy evenings so this walk will be at 9.30 pm and you will receive an email probably only 2 days before when we hopefully will have an accurate weather forecast from the Met office!

MEMBERS ONLY - Sunday 15th July  - Dragonflies and damselflies on Normandy Pond and Henley Park Lake with Simon Elson (who gave us a fascinating talk in February).  We will visit the pond and lake which are in quite different positions (one shaded with dappled light filtering through the other in full sun) and we will hopefully see different dragonflies at both locations.
If you want to know more about Friends of Normandy Wildlife read our talk articles and what to look out for in the seasons in The Villager magazine which is delivered to your door quarterly.  You can also email us at fnwildlife@gmail.com.

Please may we remind you if you find any wildlife in distress, our two local wildlife rescue centres are Harper Asprey 01344 623106 or Wildlife Aid on 09061 800132.

The view from above hunts hill
The view from above hunts hill
Dartford Warbler on Normandy heathland
Dartford Warbler on Normandy heathland 29-04-15
Balloons over Willey Green
Balloons over Willey Green
View across Normandy Pond
View across Normandy Pond
Bee Orchid - Nine Flowers on a spike - pretty impressive!
Nine Flowers on a spike - pretty impressive!
Bee Orchid - Close up
Bee Orchid - close up

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