The recently formed Wildwatch Bungay wildlife recording group, grew out of the existing Wild About Bungay Wildlife Community Group. Wildwatch Bungay aims to take wildlife sighting one step further for those who are interested in recording and understanding more about all aspects of the wildlife, habitats and ecology in and around Bungay, and in protecting and maintaining our precious biodiversity here.
Bungay has many unique habitats, with Outney Common, Castle Hills, Bath Hills, plus the river Waveney and its surrounding backwaters, becks, dykes, watermeadows.
Wildwatch Bungay is a long term project, aiming to collect and keep records throughout the year, of as many of our habitats and wildlife as possible. The area covered includes Bungay as well as nearby villages Ditchingham, Brome, Earsham, Mettingham Ellingham and Flixton.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust, through the Networking Nature initiative, has recently funded a library of up to date wildlife field guides for the group. This reference library will be housed in the Fisher Theatre Cafe for use by both group members as well as members of the public who wish to browse the library and learn more about the wildlife they have seen in and around Bungay.
The Trust is also funding and running with Wildwatch Bungay, a series of wildlife workshops this year. These are open to all (subject to places) and include a half day workshop on wildlife recording, a one day workshop on Wetland Plants and a two day workshop at the end of June, on Bats and Moths.
By group member Rose Titchiner