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Wilder gardens documentary launched

A documentary has been launched detailing all the great work that Greenhaven's Network has been doing to encourage people to wild their gardens.

Greenhavens Network has put on 7 webinars and trained community champions to detect bats, moths and swifts so they can pass on the knowledge and equipment to their neighbours.

It is important in an urban space to develop wild gardens to make greener neighbourhoods and combat climate change.

Half of the swift population has been lost between the 90s and 2013 and local groups are coming together to put up swift boxes or swift bricks on their houses to encourage nesting.

Volunteers are also training others to detect bats and moths. Bats will produce different calls depending on what they are doing and you can turn your phone into a bat surveying device to identify them.

Identifying bats is important to see what types of bats are in our garden and if we are attracting them. The common pipistrelle very common as it can adapt to many environments.

Moths have been around for 180 million years and the hawk moth mimics it's environment such as a broken twig and some moths fly away from light. There are also more day time moth species than butterflies.

Peacehaven Community garden grows vegetables to help people get fit, improve mental health. They have Forest schools using the space and many fruit trees.

Peacehaven Community Orchard planted its trees in 2016. Brighton Permatrust helped the volunteers and put the trees in the contours of the ground to keep them out of the frost pockets. There are 29 varieties of Sussex apples in the orchard and water is barrowed from the café. They have plans for a green roof on the tool shed to capture water.

Buglife is a national charity aiming to achieve sustainable populations of invertebrates and encourage others to get involved. 85 per cent of wild flowers are pollinated by pollinators and there have been 56 moth extinctions since 1914. The biggest recent issue is degradation of their habitats. 95 per cent of grassland has disappeared since the 1930s and that's why wilder gardens are so important.

For more information go to Greenhavens Network


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