Brilley And Borders Environment (BABE) aims to build an informal network of people with a shared interest in the environment. Through the network it wants to support existing local ecological organisations and actions and hopes to engage local residents in some new BABE specific activities.
This initiative was started with a "Green Day" event at Brilley Village Hall on 19th March 2017. This was followed up with the creation of the environment section of the new Brilley website which went live on 1st of June 2017.
The environment section now holds a (long) page with information and contact details for all local(Both sides of the Border) environment groups and initiatives.
We are also very pleased to have enabled (July 2017) the formation of Friends of Brilley Green Dingle, a group of local volunteers who, in partnership with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, will help to manage and monitor the reserve. Click here to find details about the Brilley Green Dingle and more information on Friends' activities and wildlife.
To stay in touch, please subscribe to the email alerts on the Brilley website so you can receive news items from Brilley and Borders Environment.
If you are interested in helping the BABE initiative forward or for more information, email Els at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Brilley Green Dingle have been very fortunate over the last year to accompany wildlife experts in their surveying of the Dingle.
The Brilley Green Dingle page on the website has been updated with some glorious pictures and a detailed report on the bat population in the Dingle by the Herefordshire Mammal Group.
Click HERE to take a look (scroll down the page for latest)
Over the next 3 weeks, starting next week Wednesday, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will be carrying out habitat improvements at Brilley Green Dingle nature reserve. The work will involve coppicing along top path at the eastern (Millhalf) end of the reserve. The coppicing will create a more wildlife-friendly woodland edge, improve the structure of the woodland and increase the light reaching a boundary hedge, which will be laid using traditional techniques after Christmas.
At various times there will be a need to close the concessionary paths on the reserve at the eastern end, for safety reasons while work is ongoing. All closures will be signposted at both entrances, and the public right-of-way which crosses the Millhalf Brook at the eastern end of the reserve will not be affected.
This is the 10th year for Spring Greens Fair, and what began as a Networking event for 100 people involved in local Transition Town Activities has grown to over 1,000! Very different from your average Fair or Carnival, Spring Greens isn’t about selling you things you don’t need, or deafening you with noise; but instead aims to inspire and educate while providing a fun and relaxing day out. Visitors have often comment on the intimate, peaceful atmosphere at the event; greatly enhanced by our lovely garden venue. The Fair is a unique blend of presentations, discussions, activities, stalls and entertainments. All in the beautiful relaxed country setting of Court of Noke, thanks to the generous support of Edward & Emma Bulmer and family. Spring Greens is a Networking Gathering made by the participants for the participants. Bring an activity, exhibition or performance – share your inspiration.
A full programme of events is available on the Spring Green website : https://springgreens.org.uk which also has detailed instructions on how to get there.
SOMETHING FOR ALL GENERATIONS !
International Dawn Chorus Day is the worldwide celebration of nature’s symphony.
Celebrated on the first Sunday of May, the story goes that International Dawn Chorus Day began in the 1980s when broadcaster and environmentalist Chris Baines asked everyone to attend his birthday party at 4am so they could enjoy the dawn chorus with him. Since then IDCD has grown from a small event in Birmingham UK to an annual international celebration with Dawn Chorus events held as far afield as the Caribbean and Antarctica.
Dawn Chorus Walk
Sunday May 6th– 4.30am
Start at Leenfields, Pembridge courtesy of Tony Norman.
Listen to the dawn chorus with experts, followed by a farm walk and back for a delicious home cooked breakfast!
Cost £5.00 to include breakfast
Booking essential. For further details, contact Sarah: email@example.com
Monday May 7th - 5.15 am
Gilfach nature reserve
Meet at Welcome Gateway (Pont Marteg car park)
Join Barbara Brown to experience the magical sounds of Dawn Chorus at Gilfach nature reserve
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
A talk by Matt Willmott
MARCH 27th – 7.30pm
Kington Primary School
Admission – Members £2
Non -Members £3
Are you concerned about waste and plastic pollution?
Do you want to DO SOMETHING?
Then please come to the first meeting of
THE WASTE-FREE INITIATIVE
SATURDAY 24TH MARCH 11.00AM
KILVERTS INN HAY ON WYE
We want to explore active ways to reduce the use of plastics and other waste (e.g. food and other packaging) in our everyday lives, in Hay on Wye and the surrounding area.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
This Wednesday the 31st of January the access to the Dingle will be restricted at the Chapel end till about half way down the path due to tree works taking place. A tree surgeon is coming to sort out the large ash which is overhanging the stream.
Thank you to all who participated in the photo competition and sent pictures in. We had some stunning entries !
The judges decision was announced last Tuesday and as promised the winning entries are now on the website to view
Congratulations to the winners and sorry and better luck next time to other entrants.
Click HERE to go straight to the results
Herefordshire National Tree week has an exciting programme of events lined up which all tree lovers out there cannot afford to miss !
Take a look here to get an overview of all activities .
And the one below is definitely close to home !
The first of this years' talks organised by the Kington local branch of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.
The usual place : Kington Primary School
The usual time : 7.30 PM
THIS TUESDAY 30TH JANUARY !
See here the invite to the talk.
We had our first meeting on Friday 14th July and achieved a great deal in terms of making the Reserve more accessible to all. The top path has been cleared, fences and gates fixed and some of the boardwalks secured. So, if you have never visited Brilley Green Dingle before now is a good time to do so !
Our next 'working' meeting will be Tuesday 1st of August, our first 'monitoring' meeting will be Friday 25th of August.
If you are interested in joining this volunteers group please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, it is here ! Your definite up to date guide to local eco organisations and initiatives !
TAKE A LOOK !
The new page contains brief summaries and links to organisations' websites. These in turn will give you up to date information about the numerous events and activities that are organised for you all to enjoy throughout the year.
HOPE THIS IS USEFUL !
ARE YOU INTERESTED ??
In case you missed this announcement last week at the Brilley fete.
Brilley And Borders Environment have organised in partnership with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust the set-up of a new group of volunteers to
This is a unique opportunity for anyone who uses and loves the Dingle already to help it to flourish and for anyone who has not ventured there to get to know it from the inside out !
We hope to have volunteer sessions both practical and monitoring This Month. So if you are interested and not on the contact list yet please email email@example.com or phone 01497 831743. There will be a 1 page form to fill in for each volunteer to be properly insured and a few pages with more information on what volunteering means. This information will be sent out to you on contact.
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED !