WEY & ARUN CANAL SATURDAY JULY 2nd. 2011
SOMETIME AGO WE DECIDED NOT TO WORK IN JULY & AUGUST - HOWEVER WE FELT THAT THIS YEAR WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING WITH A VAGUE CONSERVATION SLANT.
AFTER SOME DISCUSSION WE DECIDED TO VISIT THE WEY & ARUN CANAL
JUNE MANNS, OUR ABLE SECRETARY, MANAGED TO ARRANGE A TRIP ON ONE OF THE NARROWBOATS AND FROM WHAT YOU CAN SEE FROM THESE PHOTOS EVERYBODY HAD A VERY GOOD TIME.
AFTER THE TRIP MICK ORGANISED A TEA PARTY TO WHICH A SURFEIT OF CAKES APPEARED .
ALL IN ALL A VERY SUCCESSFUL AFTERNOON - THANKS JUNE FOR ALL THE ORGANISATION.
STORRINGTON VILLAGE DAY - JUNE 2011
The annual Village Day was, again, held on the "rec" in Storrington.
We had a stand which was manned by John & Mick and latterly by Murray.
It proved a very popular exhibit (see photo) with a large number of visitors stopping to speak to us and it became very obvious that a lot of them were unaware of our activities - THEY WERE EDUCATED!!!
In the event we gained 7 more Members so all in all it was a from our point of view a very successful afternoon.
CONSERVATION SOCIETY MEMBERS TO THE RESCUE
Conservation Group Members Rescue Snared Badger
Conservation Group Members Rescue Snared Badger
Storrington Conservation Society members, June and Leonard Manns, discovered a badger in distress when out for a Sunday afternoon walk in countryside near to Storrington.
June said, “When we discovered the badger it was in a very sorry state and appeared to be only just alive”. On closer inspection, they saw that the badger was caught by a wire. After calling in the assistance of fellow Conservation Society member, Susan Denness, they managed to cut the badger free and transport it to Sussex Badger Group Member, Jeff Hayden, who quickly transferred the badger to the care of the Folly Wildlife Rescue Centre near Tunbridge Wells. Here the badger was anaesthetised and examined by a vet, who was then able to remove the wire, which proved to be a snare, from around the badger’s body. It is thought that the young female badger had been in the snare on for about 72 hours and the vet reported that it would soon have died if it were not for the efforts of the Conservation Society members. Once the wire was removed and the badger
AFTER SOME DISCUSSION WE DECIDED TO GO, it started to perk up and it is thought that after a fortnight’s recuperation it will be ready for release.
Conservation Society Chairman, Mick Denness said, “Snares are generally used to catch rabbits and foxes but are indiscriminate and can catch protected species such as badgers. Legally, anybody who sets a snare should inspect it every day; however, it is evident that this had not been done judging by the state of the animal.” He continued “The person who set this snare must have known that they were putting it beside a badger sett and I dread to think what they intended to do with the creature that they had trapped. We were so fortunate that we could call on the help of members of the Sussex Badger Trust.”
June added, “By sheer coincidence Jeff Hayden is giving a talk to our Conservation Society on 26th February. This is an ideal opportunity to learn about the lives of these wonderful creatures and find out about the progress that our rescued badger has made”. The talk is taking place at 1:30pm at Storrington Village Hall and further details are available from June on 01903 744231.
SOCIETY'S PROJECT OFFICER HONOURED BY COUNCIL
As part of the walk4life campaign which is running on a National scale the STORRINGTON MILE has been instituted.
It will run from the Library down North Street then turn right and go down Spierbridge Road – turn right into the twitten and follow this along to the Riverside Walk Bridge – then follow the new and old Riverside Walks back to the Library.
In effect all you have to do is to follow the yellow direction Markers similar to the one below
NEW RIVERSIDE WALK
Below are photos of the completed bridge which crosses the Stor just below Steyning Crescent and the new bridge which replaces the old iron bridge by Spierbridge Road
Bridge below Steyning Crescent
Replacement for old iron bridge
From a historical point of view below is a "for and after" photo
Below is a photo showing a part of the completed Walk.
When the undergrowth on either side regenerates and the yellow Fittleworth Stone weathers it will be a nice soft and tranquil walk
We have now made contact with Peverel who are the Managing Agents for the Hormare Estate who have agreed that we can now try to refurbish the holding pond on the Hormare estate.
Some of you may remember we did some pond dipping there a couple of years ago. (For those who do not know where it is one goes down Dean Way - follow this around and the pond is at the end.
We will be carrying out our first day there on Saturday 2nd May -look forward to seeing you then.
As a matter of interest the photos below show the pond as it was 2 years ago and as it is now - we have a lot of work to do!!