Another photo from the RBRGHA allotments in Wollaton….
It’s a Common Toad (Bufo bufo), sheltering in a hole. Thanks to Viv Crump for the picture. Sadly the clearance of this wildlife-rich allotment site has started, so who knows what will become of this shy amphibian….its future is probably not so rosy.
Viv Crump sent in a picture of courting Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) on a bird feeder at the Wollaton RBRGHA allotments….
The pleasure at seeing these attractive birds is tempered by the concern that the clearance of the allotments for housing will disturb any attempt they make to nest…..
Vivien Crump sent in a nice picture of a female Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), taken on the RBRGHA allotment site in Wollaton….
Unfortunately the controversial development of the site is imminent, and some of the plots are now being cleared. How much longer will the site provide shelter for the Reed Bunting?
Thanks to Vivien Crump, who sent in this fine photo of an Orange Tip butterfly (Anthocharis cardamines), resting on a Groundsel plant….
The butterfly was photographed on the Radford Bridge Road Allotments in Wollaton.
In my last blog post I mentioned that the plot holders were recently given a notice to quit. Here is a description of the current state of affairs from gardener Sue :
“The tenant gardeners of the Radford Bridge Road Garden Holders’ Association site off Russell Drive, Wollaton, have been issued with a legal Notice to Quit the site by April 2nd 2016. We have no information on whether or not the developers have a timescale for the start of clearance work, but we do know that they have not yet submitted their Reserved Matters application to the Nottingham City Council in order to achieve Full Planning Consent. It is good for the gardeners to know they at least have this year to continue to work their plots, but the developer’s commitment in their Outline Planning documentation to help us relocate seamlessly from current to new plot appears to be rather tenuous when we are faced with eviction and with the requirement to remove all our gardening equipment off site in the chance that we might be able to relocate, who knows when. The practicalities of the latter exercise are horrendous; how on earth do you store shed, greenhouse, water butts, fruit cages, raised beds…… I personally took on an allotment because I only have a small back garden, so I will have to abandon my ‘paraphernalia’ and risk having to compensate the developers for not clearing my plot. Not good, is it.”
As she says, it doesn’t sound good – either for gardeners or for the wildlife found on this threatened site.
Thanks to Vivien Crump, who sent some pictures of birds using feeders on the Radford Bridge Road Allotments in Wollaton….
…..Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) and Lesser Redpolls (Carduelis cabaret)….
…and a Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)……
Unfortunately, this could well be the last year these birds will be able to use these feeders on the allotments, which are threatened by a controversial development plan. Gardeners were recently given a legal notice to quit, and so must vacate by April next year. Sadly it seems that the days of this wildlife-rich old allotment site are numbered.
Some buildings were knocked down in Forest Fields earlier this year, in connection with a proposed development for a supermarket with residential flats above and accompanying car park. The plans have long been controversial, with many in the area opposed to them, and the site has not been touched since it was levelled and fenced off.
In the meantime, the site (consisting mostly of brick rubble and churned-up dust and soil) has started to be colonised by a variety of plants, both wild and garden escapes…..
I counted at least 20 different plant species that could be easily identified from the other side of the fence. It made me imagine possibilities for the site beyond what is proposed. I’m not sure that Forest Fields needs more shops, and although new homes are always needed, two good-sized semi-detached houses, in seemingly good condition, were demolished to clear the site (the remainder of the site was an old garage and workshop).
What is very lacking in Forest Fields, despite the rustic-sounding name, is green space. Although the Forest Recreation Ground is nearby, the area itself is characterised by dense terraced housing, with no green open spaces to speak of. Imagine if this cleared site was turned into a small, open park to create green space for both local residents and wildlife….that sounds much better than a supermarket to me.
Apologies for the recent lack of posts – but back in business today with a good photo from a guest contributor…..
This is a male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna mixta), photographed on the Radford Bridge Road Allotments. It forms a nice counterpart to the female of the same species I featured recently.
Thanks to Vivien for the photo – and best wishes to the campaign to preserve the allotments.
A group of gardeners who rent allotments on the threatened Radford Bridge Road Allotments in Wollaton have launched a new website – Before The Bulldozer. The website is well worth a look. It is a comprehensive record of the allotment site, including its landscape, biodiversity, and history, as it is before “the sweeping changes that are planned”…..
Here’s some pictures of butterflies on the Radford Bridge Road Allotments in Wollaton…..
Comma on Buddleia
Thanks to allotment holder Sue Marshall for sending in these photos of this sadly threatened site.
Thanks to Mrs. Garner, who sent in this nice picture of the Yellow Shell Moth (Camptogramma bilineata) :
The wavy shell-like markings which give this widespread moth its name are clearly visible in the image. The photo was taken on the threatened Radford Bridge Allotment site in Wollaton, which I have featured before. There is still hope that the development which is jeopardising the site can be prevented…