From insects, fish, birds and mammals to fungi, flowers, hedges and trees, we want to ensure nature thrives in Aylsham. We aim to preserve what is good and improve what is poor.
Aylsham is bordered by two rivers, the Bure, stretching from Melton Constable inland to Gorleston on the coast, and the Mermaid, a tributary of the Bure. While much of the town is housing and business premises, there are also playing fields, woodland and farmland.
We are fortunate in having a number of wooded areas around Aylsham, but we would like to plant even more trees. In cooperation with local government and national bodies, we support tree-planting schemes so our community can benefit from trees for generations to come.
Over the years, the loss of hedgerows and margins on farmland and reliance on pesticides and herbicides has reduced biodiversity across the countryside. We encourage nature-friendly farming where food production and wildlife coexist. New housing developments often deplete wildlife habitat, but we can give nature a home too.
Take the Marriott’s Way as an example. This 26-mile disused railway isn’t only a peaceful walking and cycling track, but an important nature corridor and wildlife haven. Oaks, hawthorns, brambles and wildflowers provide cover, nest sites and food for insects, birds and small mammals.
Our gardens and verges also provide a network of mini habitats linking residential areas to the countryside. Native trees, shrubs and flowers as well as ponds, compost heaps and deadwood attract birds, insects, frogs, voles and shrews. Food stations are a lifeline for hedgehogs and endangered birds, such as starlings and greenfinches, as are nest boxes for swifts.
Protecting our natural environment is a major task, but a rewarding one.
If you are interested in helping, on a regular basis or on occasions, we would welcome your support.