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.
We hold wildlife talks from September to April in St Marks Church Hall, Guildford Road, Normandy on the 2nd Monday of the month starting at 19.30. Topics have included hedgehogs, dormice, badgers, swifts, dragonflies, ladybirds and wild flowers. In the summer months we get outside for walks – last year we visited Badshot Lea’s Tices’ Meadow, Waverley Abbey and Witley Common – and every August bank holiday we have a stand at the Parish Fete on Manor Fruit Farm inside the village hall. Everyone is welcome to attend our walks and talks including children. The cost is £2 for members (annual membership is £10) and £3 for non-members. Children and students are free of charge.
2020 Spring Programme - Stop Press
Given the current situation with the Coronavirus FNW have sadly had to cancel the April AGM and the talk on The Life of Eels. We hope to be able to reschedule these later in the year when the situation improves. It is also unlikely that we will be able to hold our summer walks although we are collecting suggestions as to possible outings for when they become possible again.
Meanwhile, our website www.friendsofnormandywildlife.org has lots of info on wildlife generally with the latest UK news on wildlife on the news and blogs page. We may all be avoiding contact with groups of people, but despite enforced isolation at home, we are allowed out once a day for exercise, so there are still opportunities for observing wildlife in Normandy's surrounding countryside, and especially in our gardens. Do send in your sightings of wildlife either by commenting directly on the sightings page on our website or via the FNW email address at email@example.com. Let's see when and where we see the first swallow of the year and which butterflies are out and about!
Finally, the Woking peregrines webcams are up and running again and the 4th egg was laid on 21st March! Will she lay a 5th like last year? Compulsive viewing at https://www.wokingperegrines.com/ There is also CJ Wildbirds who have 11 webcams with some unusual species like, spoonbill, stork and goshawk! These are in The Netherlands and can be viewed at https://www.birdfood.co.uk/webcams
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