Stroud Valleys Project is taking part in this challenge as a fun way to get people recording what they see.Picture1

City Nature Challenge is an epic, global citizen science project to collect information about our local wildlife. Gloucestershire, Cardiff, Bristol and Bath, are collaborating with 200+ cities across the world to find and record as much wildlife as possible, whilst helping you get your daily dose of nature this Spring.

Discover wildlife on your doorstep throughout April, May and June to help track how nature is bouncing back into our cities and join the big international Challenge weekend on 30 April - 4 May when all 200 cities will be active at once!

Taking part is easy! Simply download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone or tablet and use it to upload photos of any wildlife you see from your windows, gardens and during your daily outdoor exercise. You can also log into it on your computer.

You don’t have to be an expert, as the app will give you some handy suggestions of what it thinks you’ve seen, and you can join the iNaturalist online community to learn more about the wildlife around you. Best of all, the records you submit will help inform local and national conservation work!

The project aims to get people started with recording wildlife, so you don’t have to be an expert to join.

Project Officer Tamsin Bent said, ‘We are taking part in this Bioblitz as a fun way to get beginners interested. It doesn’t replace the great work done through the Environmental Records Centres, but it is a great entry level project to get complete beginners involved and interested’.

Lucky Severn

Lucky Severn Lottery is a local weekly online lottery, with a chance to win £25,000 as well as to support our charity.

Lucky Severn Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for good causes in the Stroud district area. All good causes supported by the lottery will benefit the Stroud district area and its residents.

Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 per week. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000 – if you choose us as your charity, 50p from the cost of each ticket goes directly to Stroud Valleys Project to support our work. Look out too for additional bolt on prizes throughout the year. The lottery is drawn every Saturday night at 8pm.

Tickets are available at www.luckysevernlottery.co.uk - anyone buying a ticket can select Stroud Valleys Project on the website.

The rest of the money goes towards prizes and administration costs. There is no cost to our charity and so this is a great venture for a small charity like us.

Players must be at least 16 years of age.

Play Lucky Severn Lottery and support our charity.

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The eco shop will reopening 12th April 2021!

Our opening hours will be as follows:

Monday to Friday 10.00—16.00

Saturday 9.30—14.00

We look forward to welcoming you back through our doors - we’ve missed you.

Please be sure and keep to the advice concerning face coverings and hand sanitiser .

Until further notice, we can only accept 3 people in the shop at any one time.

We will be accepting recycling but it must be pre-sorted and we can only accept one carrier bag of each type per customer.

Thank you for your continuing support.

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RichOver recent months we have been making changes to the way we work We have all been working hard to keep things going and I’m really pleased that we have been able to get our volunteer teams back and working outside – it’s good to be back!

More people are realising nature on our doorsteps is important. Our volunteers create, restore and maintain so many of these outdoor spaces where we can exercise and spend time in nature which is good for our health and well-being. Take a look inside for updates on our current project work from our project officers.

We are starting our tree planting again this season. We were in a lovely article in the Financial Times in September about community tree planting - which included this photo. Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership has just launched the Gloucestershire Tree Strategy and to achieve targets set for 2030 to combat climate change we need to plant 35 million trees in Gloucestershire and increase tree cover in Stroud district from 11% to 20%, so it’s good that we have started planting!

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Raffle prizes 2020

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In these unusual times we all have to find new ways of doing things. This year we have put our raffle online. Well, who knew one could do such things, but now we have, there is no going back and it is probably something we will offer each year.

We have had lovely comments from our Friends and supporters, some of whom are self-isolating at home. One Friend wrote, ‘Thought this method much better than driving down to Stroud!’

Here’s the link for the raffle. www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/svpchristmasraffle2020

Ist prize Gliding Lesson from Cotswold Gliding Club - www.cotswoldgliding.co.uk/

2nd Prize Eco Duvet from Saymor Beds and Furniture www.saymorfurnishers.co.uk/

3rd Prize Italian Wool Coat from Mosaic and Intrigue of Stroud  www.mosaicandintrigue.co.uk/

For a full list of prizes, click here www.stroudvalleysproject.org/index.php/support-us

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Richard FT PlantingHedge SwiftsView CopyrightDeborahRoberts P1190516 LowResStroud Valleys Project has been mentioned with photos in the Financial Times this week in connection with our tree planting.

If you have an FT subscription you can access the article by clicking here (they have an option to pay for a trial at £1 but you have to remember to cancel after a month to avoid a larger subscription being taken after that):

https://www.ft.com/content/7e1c7186-691d-4b9b-949f-711321a05e5a

 

 

 

 Photo Copyright: Deborah Roberts

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The Five Valleys' Shopping Centre in Stroud in collaboration with Stroud In Bloom and the volunteer team of the Stroud Valleys Project have dug in with a major Merrywalks Aug20planting scheme on a key site in the town.

The transformation of Five Valleys includes major improvements to the frontage along Merrywalks where new glazing has been installed and the exterior of the car park has also been given a facelift – including a new living green wall which depicts the red thread used in the uniform of the Coldstream Guards manufactured in the Stroud Valleys.

Now the Five Valleys team have turned their attention to the area outside Fat Toni’s, Dominos and The Vue Cinema where the borders have been planted up to create a softer and more inviting welcome to the centre.

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A meadow of wildflowers blossomed at Capel’s Mill this summer thanks to the efforts of volunteers from Stroud Valleys Project and Nailsworth Rotary Club.Capels Mill Meadow Flowers SVP

Pic Copyright: DeborahRoberts

SVP project manager Fred Miller, who organised the working parties, said, Wild flowers such as Lady’s Bedstraw, Wild Carrot and Birds Foot Trefoil are just some of the flora that have done well this year, possibly due to the hot dry weather in May.”

 

During August and September, the work teams are mowing the meadow by hand using Austrian-style scythes. This ensures that a variety of flowers can thrive whilst the grass, dock and bramble do not get a chance to dominate. The meadow plants are mown at this time to ensure that they have set seed. The stems are left lying on the ground for a couple of weeks in order to dry and scatter the seeds to ensure new plants germinate to replace old ones. Some flower species last several years, but some, such as wild carrot, live only two years, hence the need for this regeneration to take place. Some of the seeds are collected up on a tarpaulin, to sow on other sites, thereby spreading this valuable habitat, which is so important to butterflies, moths, beetles and crickets.

 

‘’At this time of year, if people trample through the meadow they actually help it - ‘many feet make light work’ - knocking seeds from the flower heads and pushing them into the soil,” Fred explained.

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Dear Friends,Declutter

Are you sat at home during lockdown, wishing you could take all that clutter to a charity shop? We've teamed up with Virgin Money Giving, World of Books Group and trade-in site Ziffit to give you an innovative new way to support our charity to allow you to do just that.

It’s a great way to raise funds easily and safely. You can sell books that have an ISBN number, and DVD’s, Digital Games, CD’s as long as they have a bar code. If you collect more than 5kg of items, you qualify for a courier collection which is a safe and contactless way to get rid of unwanted items whilst maintaining social distancing and staying safe. We are launching this now, for Giving Tuesday but we hope it will continue throughout the year.

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Please watch our short film about wildlife gardening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvcRvGl-Q5YDandelion 1

We are challenging you to find your dandelions and take photographs of the insects that visit them. We explain all about the importance of dandelions in the film. They are great for spotting insects because they grow on waste ground and pavements, so even if you don’t have a garden you can still spot things when you are out and about on your daily exercise. They are starting to go to seed now so if they have, grab a handful to plant for next year and maybe take a photograph of the beautiful ‘dandelion clocks’. Email us at (which email? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

 

Stroud Valleys Project

8 Threadneedle Street

Stroud

Gloucestershire

GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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