New Volunteer Group to stand up for Verges

Thursday 31st January 2019

Verging on Wild (VOW) is a new volunteer group in the county, set up to protect the Roadside Verge Nature Reserves (RVNRs) and generally improve the care and diversity of the verges of Herefordshire.

 

33 RVNRs were designated, mostly in the 1970s and they have been managed sporadically over the years partly by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, partly by local people. Some RVNRs have not been managed well and been delisted because they have been overtaken by coarse grass, brambles and other invasive species. In recent years, the RVNRs have become more neglected than ever and an unsympathetic verge mowing regime is contributing to a loss of diversity across the county and is damaging some of these special sites.

Today there are 18 RVNRs remaining. For example, at Stretford Bridge there is a long stretch of hay meadow flora, near Callow there is a small patch of green hellebore and in the woods above Wigmore, there is a woodland verge with herb paris and greater butterfly orchid. These all need different kinds of management and we are looking for interested volunteers who are willing to be Verge Guardians to look after their local reserve. We are particularly looking for volunteers near Abbeydore, Stretford and Bishops Frome where we have an RVNR and no Verge Guardian.
We plan to add to our reserves list in the future so we would love to hear from you if you know of a spot with special wildlife value which you think ought to be protected.

Please contact us, we are Anne Crane, Sally Webster and Suzanne Noble suzanne@lowerhazlefarm.co.uk