Wild About Kingswood
Lots of work is being done by volunteers cutting grassland areas across this wildlife site and the volunteers are also becoming a great team of pond bio-blitzers. In July, our volunteers Denise Gibbons and Barbara Wood together with my son Rufus and I took part in a pond dipping ‘bio blitz’ in the main pond. The reason for this exercise was to find out what life we have lurking in the pond. Highlights from the 15 different species found during the survey were 45 newt larvae (22 Great crested, 23 Smooth), 13 Dragonfly nymphs, 10 Mayfly larvae and two very small Screech beetles to name but a few. Over the past few summer months, and to not interfere with the local wildlife residents (newts, toads, frog and others), we have spent time sensitively managing the grassland areas to create a varied grassland sward across the wildlife site. This process has taken us a few weeks but we are already reaping the rewards of having created a diverse grassland areas for the wildlife and public to enjoy.
Thanks go to a number of our volunteers who came along to Kingswood Village Show, and although a little windswept (see picture) a fun day was had by all. It was the first time that I was able to play an acting role playing a poacher holding, and then also running for, a Harris Hawk in the bird-of-prey show. Over the next two to three months it is intended for work to begin on restoring the old dew pond onsite, the planting of two wildlifefriendly hedgerows, further access improvements and bulb planting, as well as the first stages of erecting a community shed and a seating area for people to enjoy. For more information, contact Richard on 01453 753358, or at
Stroud Valleys Project, in partnership with Kingswood Parish Council and thelocal community, have started the new and exciting ‘Wild about Kingswood’ project to restore and enhance a mosaic of habitats. The wildlife habitats that the nature reserve/green spaces consist of are ponds, grasslands, woody areas, a n orchard, hedgerows and ditches. As a collective of different types of habitat they offer great spaces for newts, other amphibians and wildlife that might live or pass through the site at regular intervals.
We have gained valuable experience and considerable insight into the sensitive maintenance and management required to bring wildlife ponds into a favourable condition for amphibians and other pond life. A number of both our staff and volunteers hold Great Crested Newt handling and surveying These wildlife areas provide lots of opportunity for the local community and general public to get involved in looking after and improving this wild haven that has great potential for both wildlife and people. As the picture above of a female Great Crested Newt shows - taken on our first official visit to the site on Wednesday 6April - the wildlife is thriving!
Here also you can see a video taken in July of efts :- Kingswood efts 27-7-16
We are arranging a number of public events in the near future including three newt surveys over this first season (April to early June). These will provide the project with a clearer picture of the size of the population of Great Crested Newts living in or around these wildlife areas. We are very excited about working in this new area of the district and look forward to welcoming new and existing Friends who would like to take part in surveying.
For more information please contact Richard on 01453 753358 or