Birmingham and the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall & Wolverhampton) will be taking part in the 2020 City Nature Challenge.
The City Nature Challenge is a competition between cities all over the world to see how many wild species their citizens can spot over the space of four days in April.
The annual challenge first began in 2016 and is organised by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences.
In 2020 there are set to be over 230 cities taking part worldwide including 10 other UK city regions.
We thought that Birmingham & the Black Country should also be represented!
The B&BC entry is being organised by EcoRecord, Birmingham Museum and The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country.
Anyone interested in taking part should visit the following website for more information:-
We have been approached by Birmingham Trees For Life. Anyone interested in helping to plant new trees should visit the website to learn more https://btfl.org.uk/
We had another visit from the NCS teenagers. They were on site in November to discuss our next plan of action and returned again on the 23rd to carry out what we had agreed to undertake.
Thanks to them again for another good day of activity.
Thanks also to all the committee members that turned up and put a lot of hard work into clearing the area for a new wood chip bay.
More detail about the volunteer day are on the latest newsletter.
In September the overgrown area by the Spinney was grassed over. Thanks to everyone who helped to barrow the rolls of turf and get it put down.
In August we hosted a group of teenage volunteers from the National Citizen Service (The Challenge).
They met with members of the Committee to discuss what they could do for us. They had a walk around the site and had a chat with some of the plotholders. It was decided that they would set to on clearing some of the overgrown areas for us, plot 27a being one of them.
Pictures of all the activities are available in the Gallery.
The water to site will be turned off on the 1st December. The toilets will remain open and will need to be flushed using the provided bucket.
Thank you to all the WAAA plotholders who attended the 2019 AGM at the same location as last year namely Walmley Village Community Hall.
Some healthy debate took place and a revised Constitution agreed.
Thank you to the team that provided the refreshments for the evening.
It was good to hear your views and a great chance for everyone to hear and see what the Committee are striving for on behalf of our allotment.
More detail about our progress is available under the Noticeboard section.
The WAAA Committee minutes and newsletters are available from the link below.
Read the latest November WAAA newsletter to find out what has been going on and what we are doing.
The December BDAC newsletter is also available on this link.
The latest NAS newsletter is available to read at https://mailchi.mp/90020e7e1c04/seasons-greetings-from-the-national-allotment-society?e=f768d2e7be
We have allocated a noticeboard by plot 26 for plotholders to display their own personal ads.
Where possible all notices are also displayed on the site noticeboards.
Singletons Nurseries have provided us with the following link to their top tips. https://mailchi.mp/singletonsnurseries/january-tips-inspiration?e=ec712a0400
Jericho Wood Shack have provided us with a link to their website
West Midlands police have now produced 'The Little Book Of Big Scams' which is packed with info about Scams and Frauds as well as advice on protecting yourself and what to do if you have been caught out. It can be accessed via the Hints and Tips page.
Do your bit for the British Wildlife.
The RSPCA receives hundreds of calls every year to rescue wildlife which has become tangled in netting, football nets or fishing litter.
Forms of garden netting, [such as that for] pond or fruit, can be a real hazard to wild animals like Hedgehogs and birds, and the RSPCA would recommend replacing them with solid metal mesh.
If you spot an animal which is trapped, in distress, or in need of help, contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999
Hedgehogs should now be going into hibernation.
Foxes are regularly sighted and help to keep the vermin population down.
All our straw and manure comes from the Donkey Sanctuary.
If you would like to make a donation to any of the supporting charities then follow the link below.
The National Allotment Society (NAS) is the leading national organisation upholding the interests and rights of the allotment community across the UK. We work with government at national and local levels, other organisations and landlords to provide, promote and preserve allotments for all. We offer support, guidance and advice to our members and those with an interest in allotment gardening.
Birmingham And District Allotments Confederation.
Did you know that every Plot holder who rents a plot from Birmingham City Council is automatically a member of the BDAC.
Visit their website to find out who they are and what they do.