NATURE’S HIGHWAYS: ROADSIDE VERGES IN THE PARISH
We have an objective in our parish plan to foster an appreciation of the rural environment and our heritage, with activities that support wildlife, encourage play and exercise, investigate our history and improve public spaces. One of those activities in 2020, together with Shorwell Parish, was to survey the wildflowers in a number of roadside verges and encourage greater biodiversity by agreeing a new cutting schedule with Island Roads. You can find some of the surveys below.
We also helped produce a leaflet that celebrates our Island verges and is packed full of interesting facts and advice on what you can do to bring back colour and insect life to these vital wildlife corridors. The leaflets can be downloaded here and are funded by the AONB –
Nature’s Highways: Roadside Verges on the Isle of Wight
This work will be continued in 2021 and we are looking for more people to take on a monthly survey of a new verge. Can you help? Please contact any of the Councillors or the Parish Clerk if you’d like to join the team.
Each month from April 2020 flower photographs, flower stories and surveys were collected. They can be downloaded here:
Hemlock water dropwort June 2020
Berry Lane Ramsdown to Roslin jct 060620
Berry Lane G15 to Billingham Shute 29052020
Berry Lane Ramsdown to Roslin jct 070520
Loverstone Shute to G15 080520
Berry Lane G15 to Billingham Shute 05042020
Berry Lane Ramsdown to Roslin jct 070420
Loverstone Shute to G15 100420