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Let’s make Melksham the biggest nature reserve in Wiltshire!

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MELKSHAM Community is launching a Blue Heart Campaign to help wildlife.

Ian and Gill Cardy

The campaign is asking gardeners, local councils, and anybody who owns and manages a green space to manage it for wildlife. This includes people with balconies and window sills.

“Wildlife in UK is under serious threat of extinctions,” says Ian Cardy, one of the people behind the campaign. “We have already lost 70 million birds since 1970, and the total mass of insects has been reduced by 60%.  Insects pollinate 80% of the crops we grow and they are essential to control pests  (e.g. ladybirds love eating aphids).  If we have no insects, there will be no birds, no hedgehogs, no bats or badgers, and crops will fail.

“Everybody now has noticed the lack of insects getting squashed on our car windscreens, and headlamps.

“Blue Heart supporters will be asked not to use pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and to manage their sites for wildlife by helping insects.

“Things people can do include making bug hotels, bat boxes and bird boxes, leaving some of their grass to grow long, only cutting it once a year, in early spring, making a pond and leaving some ivy to grow.

“If people decide to support the Blue Heart Campaign they are asked to make a Blue Heart and put one in their garden, or in a window and Councils will be able to display one in the open spaces they manage.

“The Campaign is going to be launched on Wednesday 22 April with details on Facebook and other sites such as Melksham Town Council, Melksham Without Parish Council, Melksham in Bloom, and Melksham Gardener’s Society – as well as Melksham News.

“BBC Wiltshire is planning to broadcast an item about the campaign on Wednesday 22nd April at 11:30 am.

“Let’s make Melksham the biggest nature reserve in Wiltshire!!!!!”

10 Responses to Let’s make Melksham the biggest nature reserve in Wiltshire!

  1. Paul Stapleford

    April 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    We already garden for wildlife with 2 ponds and access for hedgehogs. We grow flowers specifically for insects. We will make a blue heart and put it in our patch of wildflowers by the footpath.

  2. Angela bellaera

    May 1, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Brilliant idea, can we ask council to leave verges uncut in places?…. It would make a massive difference….. My garden is untidy for wildlife, I leave nettles, dandelions and would not dream of using pesticides. I’m looking forward to doing a blue heart!!

  3. Courtney Jones

    May 1, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    This is a lovely initiative. Perhaps Wiltshire Council can truly help, instead of promoting the idea and then approving new housing developments on huge expanses of wildlife friendly fields around all our towns and villages, making life impossible for the creatures they are asking us to protect.

  4. Jan

    May 1, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Fantastic. Let’s include the villages all around too! And yes, let’s leave the verges uncut.

  5. Pat Cook

    May 1, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Last week a hedgehog was outside my house and last night a badger ,which is great .
    I do have issues though with leaving verges wild ,last year the A350 by Asda finally had a make over with the farmers roundabout improvements ,but I fear would once again have weeds 3 feet high in the gutters ,I feel there need to be defined areas where wildlife can thrive but not to the cost of the whole area becoming unloved scruffy and as it was before which without some chemicals could happen again as a risk assessment claimed it could not be dealt with because road closure was needed .
    It could also save money to leave areas wild which would have benefits but is also open to WC neglecting our town .

  6. Janet Forward Powell

    May 1, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    I absolutely agree with this comment….we cannot make up for acres and acres of green land being taken for development. The council needs to stop the hypocrisy.

  7. Brian Warwick

    May 4, 2020 at 10:42 am

    What we do need to do is clear Old derelict industrial areas Turning them into pleasant green land areas for nice new homes. We desperately need a dynamic new build and refurbishment housing Programme.So we need to identify millions of acres of dilapidated areas and turn then into lovely homes with nice gardens and lots of fantastic fauna and flora.. Let’s bring more areas of the Countryside into run down Urban areas, it would also boost our economy. The

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    May 16, 2020 at 6:54 am

    This campaign will get success and people will like it because every person likes greenery and its main focus is to promote greenery, so many park owners and garden owners will get benefits.

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    December 13, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Both have served a lot and played their role to nurture our nature, We need such people who can work like this and make our world pretty beautiful, it is really amazing, by the way.

  10. NatureFan

    January 30, 2021 at 8:55 am

    I’ve just seen an adult badger running through Wharf Court which is a retirement complex off Spa Road. I was amazed to see it especially as it was daylight, 8:15am.

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