We are proud and thrilled to have won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017. Huge thanks to all our wonderful volunteers for making this happen.
Approx 150 children and 90 adults attended enjoying a variety of green activities from planting meadow plug plants at Funges Meadow and water marginal plants in the Wye Dene pond to Forest Crafts and Art at Wye Dene, to camp fire cooking, tree climbing, pond dipping and bug hunting at Funges Meadow LNR.
“Every minute was magical… to be sat there with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I’d climbed through a hole in heaven’s fence”.
So begins the list of ‘Names of the Hare in English’, a late 13th Century poem from Shropshire – an incantation of 77 names recited to bring the animal under the hunter’s power.
The common, or brown, hare is a special and enigmatic animal woven into the fabric of folklore and mythology, and an unfortunately rare sight across most of the country. Hares declined by 75% in the years after WW2 due to the all too common causes of intensive farming, agrichemicals, removal of shelter hedgerows and general habitat degradation.