Nature

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 12 noon until 4pm.

Plans are being made for face-painting, a fun dog show, the popular bee hive, bug hunts 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. 

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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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More trees in the parish

Successful Parish Council application takes root

Part of Hampshire County Council’s commitment to tackling climate change is to increase tree planting in the county. They explain that trees bring profound social, economic, and environmental benefits to all.

In the summer of 2022 the Parish Council successfully applied to the County’s ‘Highway Tree Planting’ scheme and, after inspections in the village, a new collection of trees has recently been planted in Heatherfield.

Buriton projects highlighted by National Park Authority

Case study shows biodiversity gains from re-naturing initiatives.

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) launched a major nature recovery initiative in 2021, aiming to increase the area of the land managed for nature from 25% to 33% by 2030. 

Recognising that nature is under pressure and needs help, the campaign aims to create new havens for wildlife to flourish – which will also benefit people and the climate.

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. 

Rakes and Cakes

Another successful ‘Community Hay-Day’

Over twenty villagers took part in the popular ‘Community Hay-Day’ on Saturday 2 September, bringing rakes and wheelbarrows to improve conditions for wildflowers on the village recreation ground.

Help was also provided this year by Bee King from Hampshire County Council’s team of experts and by the South Downs National Park Authority who lent a number of traditional-style wooden hay rakes (used for centuries for hay and straw turning) which were game changing! 

Film crew visits the village

Help for pollinators featured in county-wide project

Buriton was selected as one of Hampshire’s Pilot Parishes in 2020, to explore low cost actions to improve conditions for pollinators and to increase public awareness about the issues confronting them and impacts on us all.

A series of films is now being produced by the County Council to highlight its Nature Recovery priorities, restoring habitats, protecting wildlife and combating climate change through collective action. 

Work in Buriton is set to feature in a special film about the importance of pollinators.

Bats – unsung stars of the night

Guided walk reveals mysterious creatures

Jake Barnes, South Downs National Park’s Assistant Ranger for the Western Downs, led a fascinating guided walk around Buriton’s Chalk Pits Nature Reserve on the evening of 10th August, providing an opportunity for villagers to see and hear bats in their natural environment. 

Jake explained how bats play a key role in local ecosystems and summarised the main species of bats that are likely to be found in the parish.

Buriton’s Hay-Day event

Please join in … 

Lots of people like the long grass around the edges of the Recreation Ground which is helping wildflowers and insects.

But this has to be cut at least once a year or else the grass forms a thick thatch and wildflowers can’t survive.

And then all the cuttings have to be removed to reduce soil fertility which is the key to helping more wildflowers in the future.

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