May 2020

Waldingfield takes a walk on the wild side

Local Great Waldingfield village residents have helped to raise over £500 for conservation charity the RSPB with a bumper wildlife walk hosted right from their very own driveways.

The week-long “celebration of British wildlife” saw 28 locations around the village taking part, with families and other residents creating displays and exhibitions about their chosen animal, bird or insect on their front lawns, windows and driveways.
Coined the “Waldingfield Wildlife Walk”, a vast array of informative wildlife displays populated the route including bats, snakes, butterflies, badgers and woodpeckers to name a few. Residents took the opportunity to get creative with their exhibits, creating everything from mini ponds and knitted hedgehogs to detailed descriptions and drawings of their chosen animal.
Following the route and ticking off each species as they went, families and other local residents took to the streets of the village to show their appreciation for British wildlife and learn more about the natural world, all while donating to the RSPB through the initiative’s just giving page and collection pots.
Raising a fantastic £503 in the process, RSPB volunteer Cliff Dark, who was involved in organising the project, said: “I am amazed at how many people got involved, at least a few hundred people enjoyed the exhibits, and we had some great feedback”.
“This lockdown situation has in many ways brought out the best in people and this is a great example of a village community coming together and creating something very positive” he continued.
With nature providing solace and comfort for people across the country at this time, the RSPB have been working hard to bring wonderful wildlife moments to people virtually. Noticing an uplift in interest and people’s increasing connections to nature, the RSPB hopes that this support can continue once the restrictions are lifted, so that the conservation charity can continue its work.
An RSPB spokeswoman added: “We still face a climate and ecological catastrophe; with the nature we love and depend on in very real danger of disappearing. Without our supporters help, many much-loved animals including puffins, turtle doves, water voles and hedgehogs will continue to decline. We must protect and save the nature that sustains so many of us in our time of need.”
With a dedicated donations page at https://www.rspb.org.uk/join-and-donate/donate/, the generosity of supporters helps the RSPB to give nature a home, both now and in the future.
She continued: “Now more than ever, we must fight for a world built in harmony with nature that’s rich in wildlife for all to enjoy. We really hope that the increase in interest we are seeing will translate into the support that nature so badly needs, and we are so grateful to all those who are still fundraising and supporting the RSPB despite the circumstances.”