|Path at Park Lime Pits 1 May 2011|
Less than 11 months ago a meeting was held to form The Friends of Park Lime Pits. Since then the steering group of the Friends has helped organise several successful events at PLP including an hugely enjoyable Bee Walk, a very wet litter pick, two work party days, A Dawn Chorus Walk and a Winter Bird Walk. The group has also worked closely with West Midland Police in an attempt to eliminate anti social behaviour at the Reserve and as a result of the Friends forming, Brum Bats in association with Black Country & Staffordshire Naturalists have erected an awful lot of bat boxes because Park Lime Pits is Walsall's Bat Central!
Park Lime Pits is as many of you know an oasis of peace, beauty and tranquility just two and half miles from Walsall Town Centre. It is biologically very diverse with over three hundred species of plants and one hundred species of birds including Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Heron and Kingfisher.
The Friends of Park Lime Pits want to work to preserve and develop this wonderful site. They also want to further develop the relationship with the local farmer of Lime Pits Farm, which envelopes the Pits on three sides and to develop ties with other User and Friend Groups in Walsall. This cannot be done without the wonderful Ranger help along with The Countryside Services Team and Walsall Council. Equally it cannot be done without more help from the local community. On Monday evening therefore, the Friends are holding their inaugural annual general meeting where it is hoped, if there are enough people there, to formally constitute as a group. This will have several benefits. The Group will be a community group with a community voice and will therefore be stronger for that. The group will also be able to apply for various grants in order to further the conservation work at the Reserve. We would like to be a group that truly represents what the local community wants to see in its own local nature reserve.
If you're interested in having a say in all of this and maybe in playing a part, we need you.
I would like to invite everyone to come along to The Manor Arms on Monday 18 March at 7.30 to the meeting. Everyone is welcome and you don't have to live in Rushall although it would be wonderful if you do!