Nature

A guided bat walk

Finding bats in their natural environment

A guided bat walk in the evening, providing an opportunity to see and hear bats in their natural environment.

It’s also hoped that we will be accompanied by a bat carer this year who can bring some of her permanent bats for people to see in a special container. 

These are bats that have been rescued but will never be fit for release and are now kept as ambassadors for educational purposes under her licence. 

This has proved popular elsewhere: helping to educate and enthuse people about bat conservation.

Buriton fungi walk

An event to help identify species – starting from the village pond

Life on Earth would not exist without fungi!  Without the recycling activities of fungi, the world’s ecosystems would soon run out of nutrients. Plants would not be able to grow and our food would become depleted.

Led by HCC’s Shona Jenkins, this event is to help people identify species of fungi. In previous years a wide range of weird and wonderful ones have been found, highlighting the importance of the countryside around Buriton. 

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Garden Renaturing Trail is popular again

A range of ideas to help pollinators and wildlife 

Dozens of people took the opportunity to visit a range of gardens and public open spaces around the village on 2 June and saw how the community is helping nature with some relatively simple initiatives.

With nine venues on the trail this year, as well as plant and seed stalls, there were plenty of examples about how to help cater for wildlife.

The variety of gardens were providing food and homes for birds, bugs, beetles, butterflies, hedgehogs and water creatures.

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Buriton Open Gardens and Renaturing Trail

Stroll round the village to see how the community is helping nature

An opportunity to visit a range of gardens and public open spaces around the village to see how they are catering for wildlife.

Each garden will show some simple renaturing initiatives to help creatures and the planet. Ask each of the hosts for details.

There are lots of wonderful plants and creations to see - as well as Cream Teas and Cakes at St Mary's church.  

The map indicates the route of the trail and guides will be available on the day at both Tithe House and at the church.

Guided Open Morning at Coulters Dean

A lovely opportunity at this Nature Reserve

This should be an opportunity to see a good range of orchids – and more … 

Experts will be on hand to identify the orchids and other rare plants which can be found in this small Nature Reserve on the South Downs above the village. 

Visit any time from 10am to 12.30pm. 

There is now some limited parking near the Nature Reserve (grid reference SU 749 195) but it’s a lovely walk from the village pond and up the Milky Way. 

The entrance into the Nature Reserve is approximately SU 748 192.

Learning about Lichens

Eyes opened to a completely new world!

Despite an occasional shower of rain, a small group from the Petersfield Area Lichen Enthusiasts revealed a fascinating new world to about fifteen villagers in St Mary’s churchyard in March.

Lichens are found in a variety of colours, a range of shapes & sizes, and they grow at the North Pole, the South Pole and everywhere in between. They are not a single organism but are a fascinating mixture of a fungus and algae. 

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Temporary signs help to reduce deaths in Buriton

Beware: Toads Crossing 

You may not know about it, but Buriton is the site of an annual migration in late winter or early spring when common toads travel back to their breeding areas: usually on the first warm, damp evenings of the year (February to April).

Toads spend the majority their year on land, in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. They are nocturnal creatures, and hibernate each winter in frost-free undergrowth or holes. Every Spring they must return to the water to breed.

Sort Your Seeds Out

There’ll be a ‘Seed Swap’ at the next community coffee morning 

There’ll be a ‘Seed Swap’ at the next community coffee morning on Saturday, 2nd March: 10.30-12.30 in the village hall.

Buriton’s environmental group (BEA) will be giving away some packs of wildflower seeds so you can make your own wildflower patch at home to help our bees and other pollinators do their job to keep us and other wildlife well fed.    

And it’s hoped that gardeners will share and swop their seeds to save a few pennies and avoid waste. 

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Buriton’s special B-earth Day Show

A big family event with a range of activities, stalls and demonstrations

Come along with all the family to enjoy a free, fun-packed afternoon in the village hall and on the recreation ground.

From 1pm to 4pm.

Plans are being made for face-painting, a fun dog show, the popular bee hive, bug hunts, cooking demonstrations, some magical moths, some mesmerisingly beautiful owls and much more. 

The main theme of this year’s “B-earth Day” is all about nature, wildlife, pollinators and climate issues in the parish. 

There’ll be lots of fabulous eco-friendly fun, advice and activities for all ages.

Liking Lichens ?

A fascinating world …

Lichens are found in a variety of colours, a range of shapes & sizes, and they grow at the North Pole, the South Pole and everywhere in between.

A lichen is not a single organism but is a mixture of a fungus and algae.

There’s lots to learn about lichens and some renowned local experts will be coming to Buriton on Saturday 23rd March to study the species that can be found here and lead a short guided walk in the afternoon.

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