The borough has a fantastic variety of habitats such as ancient woodlands, calcareous grassland and iconic chalk rivers that support a wealth of wildlife. We are lucky enough to have species such as the dormouse, natterer's bat, Dartford warblers, white-letter hairstreak butterflies and large populations of great crested newts right on our doorstep.
Species such as these are under threat on both a local and global scale from the effects of habitat loss, climate change and poor management amongst others. There are ways in which we can all help to reduce these pressures - through conservation, awareness and volunteering; see below for some ideas.
Green space volunteering
Volunteers are an integral part of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council activities and the time, experience, knowledge and skills that they offer in support of our work is highly valued. If you enjoy being outdoors in nature and want to keep fit, meet like-minded people and learn new skills, then conservation volunteering could be for you!
If you are thinking of giving your garden a makeover, then why not plant nectar rich flowers or native trees that will look attractive and provide food and shelter for bees, butterflies, birds and mammals? You could even create a small pond to encourage dragonflies and damselflies and provide a home for toads, frogs and newts. Planting trees such as rowan or hawthorn will attract interesting birds to your garden during cold winter months. To find out more about wildlife gardens visit the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website.
If you spot any interesting wildlife in the borough please help us to monitor how a particular species is fairing and assist in its conservation by submitting a record. You can send your record to either Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC) or Living Record - an easy to use online recording system for regular recorders.
When you send in a record you’ll need to include the following information:
- your name
- the date of your observation
- the precise location (include a postcode and also a grid reference if possible, e.g. SU123456)
- the species seen (use the scientific name if known)
- any additional details such as quantity, alive/dead, adult/juvenile, will also be useful.
Complete our Parks and Green Spaces Visitor Survey to let us know what you think about our parks and green spaces. Your views on our parks and green spaces are important to us and will help to inform how we manage these spaces in the future.