“If all UK gardens were turned into nature-friendly places, it would create a wildlife haven of over 430,000 hectares in size, more than four times the surface area of all national nature reserves combined.”
The Wild Bunch is open to anyone who is interested in gardening for wildlife in our private gardens and shared local green spaces. Championing the idea of our gardens and green spaces being inter-connected parts of a much larger wild space that is owned by our wild neighbours, the group shares ideas, hosts monthly gatherings and holds public events that promote wildlife-friendly approaches in our neighbourhoods.
Gardening for Wildlife guide
There are lots of useful ideas in our Gardening for Wildlife booklet that you can download and share with your neighbours. Take the quiz to see how wildlife friendly your garden already is.
Wild Bunch gatherings take place on the third Thursday of every month, 1.30pm – 2.30pm at Frome Town Hall (with an option to join online via Zoom).
16th June – Butterflies
We welcome local butterfly enthusiast John Samways to share his experiences and knowledge with us, with opportunities for our questions to be answered. This will be ahead of a national Big Butterfly Count in July. The intro session will be looking at alternatives to pesticides.
21st July – Pond dipping on location at Welshmill Pond
Wild Bunch on location – this month we’ll be investigating the wildlife at the new pond in Welshmill, trying out some pond-dipping methods and talking about amphibians. Our on-location sessions are a mixture of ‘talks’ as well as less structured opportunity to chat to fellow Wild Bunchers and socialise.
There will be no gathering in August.
The Wild Bunch plan to support projects that create wildlife friendly environments in streets, such as bird and bat box building, hedgehog highway routes, shelter boxes, planters. Watch this space for events that you and your neighbours could get involved in.
Wild about Frome at home
This summer the Wild Bunch are encouraging residents to re-wild parts of our gardens as this will encourage wildlife and boost diversity. They are offering free “Wild about Frome” stickers which can be placed in your window or on a stake in your garden to let neighbours and passers-by know that you’re supporting the campaign. Stickers will be available from the Town Hall, find more information below.
Wildlife Mapping in our communities
We are currently working to map the wildlife in the Frome community. Visit our Wild About Frome page for details on how you can get involved.
In addition to the Wild Bunch, Frome Town Council is also supporting Frome Hoedown – a community initiative to hoe and weed our streets in place of Mendip District Council using Roundup weedkiller.