Worthys Nature Watch - a scheme run by Worthys Conservation
Volunteers. This is a unique chance for us all in the local
community to help protect nature in The Worthys and
Do we know just what nature we have, let alone find ways
to increase biodiversity - the variety of plants, animals, insects,
fungi ,etc - or even start to tackle issues like global warming or
offsetting our carbon footprint? Tough challenges indeed ...
What we can certainly say is that The Worthys has a
fair share of natural
areas - there are the lush waters and meadows of the river Itchen
valley, the Winnall Moors wildlife reserve, the surrounding open rural
area, and two old railway lines, not forgetting the community's urban
green spaces and our very own back gardens. These areas are all
rich in wildlife and wild plants and we must do what we can and more to look
after this important aspect to our environment.
Our aim is to
record what nature we find, and where possible help protect and nurture it; and simply by spreading the word, we hope to raise the level of
awareness and understanding of wildlife and plants, and
you can help
To achieve this, we aim to:
Set up a local nature database - this will
help establish a better understanding of the abundance and diversity of
our wildlife and habitats, and in doing so we create a nature-scape
or nature character statement for the area.
Create new wildlife habitats, such as
converting an old World War II pillbox into a bat roost, as
well as continue with ongoing improvements at existing habitat-sites within
Increase the diversity of plant life - by
planting native trees and scattering wildflower seed on a disused railway line.
Keep you informed of all the above through
the Worthys Nature Watch web site.
Click on the links opposite to find out
How can I help?
You can help in several ways - click on the links below:
Observe & Record Nature
Help Create New Nature Habitats
Nature in the Worthys