River Day

Under the heading of A Better Biss Approach (ABBA), Wiltshire Wildlife’s Water Team have been conducting a series of events designed to bring the waterways of the Biss Valley to public attention. Yesterday Alice and Nick from the Water Team came to Southwick Country Park for a River Day, to take a group of children and adults dipping in the Lambrok Stream.

Ian Bushell joined them and has sent in this report:

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Drop in through the afternoon to help to look after your local river and learn about the secret world below the surface of the Lambrok Stream!

We will be clearly visible from the Frome Road car park entrance. Please wear suitable outdoors clothing. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

For further information contact Abigail Leach on 01380 736066 or AbigailL@wiltshirewildlife.org

For updates on the event please check Twitter @WiltsRivers

No camping

There is a small green tent in Sleepers Field. If you are passing and feel so inclined, a friendly word to the effect that camping is not allowed in the park might move the campers on before officialdom arrives.
We have passed the pictures to PCSO Till and to the Countryside Team.

Thank you

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Beautiful images of a meadow brown taken in the park last night, at the end of the year’s longest day, by Chris Seymour.

Haymaking time

Before the end of June, the park’s tenant farmer will be cutting the grass for hay and for silage. The work will extend over several days but which days and for how long will depend on the weather. When the work is due to begin, Wiltshire Council will put up notices at all the gates to warn park users, and on the website we will try to keep you posted.

Please be careful when there is farm machinery in the fields, particularly if you have children with you, and please, please will dog walkers take extra care. Our farmer knows how the park is used and will keep his eye open for children and exuberant dogs but most of the work will be done by contractors who may not be expecting either.

Stay safe.

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Apologies

We have a phone for text and voicemail but posted the wrong number to our contacts page. We apologise, not just for the original error but also for the many weeks it has taken us to notice.

The correct number is 07744 708798

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Photographs

Park users often send us their photographs of the park: larch cones in the rain, their children or grandchildren playing in the woods, butterflies on the point of escaping from the picture, first flowerings, blurred birds and fabulous views of the sunset. We would love to be able to publish more of them

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Keeping children safe

During the Easter holiday there were little children seen playing in the park, apparently unattended by any adult. In particular, two little boys, maybe six or seven years old, were seen playing all by themselves on the bank of the stream by the wooden bridge. The weather had been very wet and the water level was high, certainly high enough to drown a small boy.

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Judy’s dynamic warm up group; new runners out in the park for the first time with their coach, Judy. Well done all!

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