Do you live in the Wombourne area, and can spare 2 hours a month?
Do you value the fantastic resource that is the Wom Brook, along with its wildlife?
Then please join the Friends of Wom Brook-membership is merely Â£5 per annum.
We need more members!
Some facts about the group:
Established in 2004, the group works closely with the Architectural and Landscape Department at South Staffordshire Council.
The Friends of Wom Brook are all volunteers, and represent ages between 10-85 years!
The Wom Brook Walk is now a nature reserve.
For the second year in succession, the area has received a national award-the Green Flag.
The Group appeared in an episode of the BBC TV series, Nature of Britain.
The Group monitor numbers of the protected and endangered aquatic mammal, the water vole, which is resident at different points along the Brook.
However, more members are needed-to remove debris from the Brook, thus helping to maintain its water quality, enabling a diversity of wildlife to inhabit it. The Friends Group also clear litter, and manage invasive plant species from engulfing sections of the Brook and its surrounding banks.
Its not all work-organised events are held to increase members’ awareness of the diversity of plant and animal species to be found along the Wom Brook and its Walk.
Please join the Friends of Wom Brook-come along to the AGM-you’ll be most welcome!
On the 15th of January (Last month), you may know that quite a few of the younger members from Friends of Wombrook attended the “Making Bird Boxes” event. It was a great success, and thanks to Mr Hunt lending his amazing skills in woodwork, many excellent bird boxes were produced. Here is a group picture of the finished products.Mr Hunt says:
“It turned out to be another wonderful exhilarating morning
seeing nine young people of differing age groups working together as a team”
“It gives confidence in the young people of Wombourne and it is a privilege to be able to contribute in a practical way
to encourage all the participants in this worthy venture.”
With the weather being rather harsh over in Scandinavia, there has been quite an invasion of Waxwings into the UK!
They are winter migrants and arrive virtually every year in the UK to get away from the freezing conditions of the arctic circle. This year is no exception and luckily for birdwatchers alike, due to the extreme weather facing where they spent their summer up in the frozen north, many more than usual have flown down to the UK to stock up on winter berries (Or tree buds, as it seems the berries have suffered from the extreme cold too!)
The photos above have been taken today (08.01.11), on the corner of Clent View Road and The Broadway in Stourbridge. If you are wishing to see them, they are likely to still be in the area, as locals say that they have been around for the last 2 days. Be patient though, you could be waiting for up to 20 minutes as they have been scouring the area for the best sources of food!