Team Wilder: Friends of Peartree Green

Friends of Peartree Green have been working hard to care for their local wild space

We know that there are people already taking the lead on making our counties wilder, including the brilliant Friends of Peartree Green. In their own words, this is how they came about, and what they get up to.

Friends of Peartree community groups

Friends of Peartree Green

We are a friendly group of volunteers who work together with the common aim of enhancing and promoting Peartree Green, a diverse habitat of approximately 20.8 hectares (51.4 acres) in Southampton.

The Green was awarded Local Nature Reserve status in 2017, and we aim to maintain the variety of habitats whilst enhancing access to and enjoyment of the site by all. We work under the guidance of ecologist Phil Budd, and in collaboration with the city council. We also hold regular litter picks.

The group evolved from a residents’ meeting some 20 years ago, and is now coordinated by a small committee of Wildlife Trust members and keen naturalists.

We hold regular events such as butterfly hunts and mammal trapping for local schools, so that children can learn to appreciate the green gem on their doorstep.

The committee also organises an annual bioblitz, wildflower walks, fungus forays and dawn chorus walks, all aimed at raising awareness of the wildlife on the Green and encouraging people to invest time in looking after it.

And it seems to be working – record numbers of volunteers got involved in 2018!

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