The mean temperature for April was provisionally 1.4 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average, but the positive anomaly was much greater by night than by day. Most of England had a wet month but not exceptionally so, with 138% of average rainfall overall. Sunshine was just 80% of average and it was a particularly cloudy month in the south-west, but sunshine was close to average in the far north-east. (Met Office, 2018)
Although the weather wasn’t at its best around 20 people still came along to partake in sowing a couple of new wild flower patches in Chantry Park, Ipswich. A wide age range was in attendance from the 18 month old baby to the 30+ adult. We had a patch at the base of a hill by an old tree that was sown with boggy loving plants and another at the top of the hill planted with plug plants and sown with dry loving seeds. All the participants enjoyed themselves despite the conditions and great sense of achievement was felt all round.
Ipswich Wildlife Watch
Just Bee Cause
This activity aimed at children between 5 and 11 is identical to the ‘Create a Wildlife Meadow’ activity. The weather this time though was better all be it slightly chilly. Some of the children got stuck in to the point of getting mud on their faces, others took the gardening approach by wearing gloves. All in all it was a success and a new wildflower bed has been produced in Holywells Park, Ipswich.
Ipswich Young Wardens
Building an Amphibian Hibernaculum
The enthusiastic young wardens that join Suffolk Wildlife Trust had been granted permission to install an amphibian hibernaculum in the grounds of the orchard of the local park. They started by digging a large hole into the ground and mounding the soil to one side. In doing so, discovering the creatures that live within it as they dug. After this logs, twigs, broken tiles and brick where added. Access to the hole is supplied by positioning PVC tubing on different sides down into the hibernaculum. This is all then covered back up with the soil that was at first dug out, this can then be topped off with cut lawn strips or left for nature to cover.
If you want to make your own hibernaculum click here to find out how.
Bibliography Met Office. (2018). April 2018. [online] Available at: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/2018/april [Accessed 9 Jun. 2018].