Environmental projects 2011


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Environmental projects 2011

  1. 1. Environmental Projects 2011 2011 was a busy year. As Ricoh had become well known as an Environmental contributor; there were more opportunities for forums, presentations and large scale meetings with groups such as BESST and the Wildlife Trust. The focus project of this year was however Hedgerow planting and surveying. On 6-8th June 2011, volunteers from Ricoh took part in Hedgerow Survey training. This vital training gave our volunteers the knowledge and confidence to go out surveying hedges in various areas. On 23rd June 2011 the volunteers ventured out to Dothill and Shawbirch in order to survey the hedges there and find out more about the local wildlife. They again went out the following week on 28th June to use their knowledge and training over the last two years to install nest boxes for blue tits and robins in the hedgerows on the Granville. RPL’s Ricoh Eco Global Eco-Action Month (GEAM) was held in November 2011 and highlighted areas of hedgerow that required replanting to fill in the gaps. Hedgerows are an important aspect of the ecosystem as they provide shelter and travel for many species of wildlife. On 9th November Ricoh members went about planting the 275 Bare Root Stock selected by Jon Oakley with advice from Pete Lambert from the Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The selection of plants to fill the gaps included Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Wild rose Red and Spindle. These species are berry wielding therefore can also provide food for the wildlife over the winter months. The area planted is highlighted below. 2011’s annual nest box maintenance was carried out on 30th November. 120 boxes situated over 4 sites across the Wrekin Forest were checked by the Ricoh volunteers and Stuart Edmunds from the Shropshire Small Mammal Society. The boxes were checked for traces of life and evidence that they had been used and general maintenance and cleaning of them carried out. Many of the boxes had evidence of being used such as small food stores or droppings in them. A few of the boxes were found to have the lid removed or dislodged which led to a new method being developed of locking the lid in place. Overall, 2011 consisted of many projects which involved sustaining the environments that were created previously such as nest boxes and creating new environments that way last if maintained properly such as the hedgerow “by-way”. 2011 also involved many presentations and forums in order to attain more knowledge and get Ricoh on the conservation map. Through working with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Shropshire Small Mammal Group Ricoh volunteers gained knowledge and skills as well as presenting Ricoh as an Eco- Friendly Organisation.