Wander in Your Wellies

Wander in your wellies - what will you see?

As part of a funded project on former allotment land, Loftus Town Council, working with partner organisations*, wants to get a picture of what wild plants, animals and birds are living on our doorsteps.  At present, there is very little information about this.

We are most interested in what is living in the former Lower Westfield Allotment site  (also known as “that bit of land with a path between Hummersea School and the Leisure Centre”).  We want to make sure that in making the site into a more accessible woodland for community use, we don’t destroy the habitat that has developed over the last 20 years (and more), but develop it into a sustainable and biodiverse ecosystem.  

We are also interested in what is living in fields, woodlands and even gardens across the whole of Loftus Parish - because any birds and animals might also use the site, and any plants might seed into the area.

So, if you are out and about taking your exercise and interested in the wildlife of Loftus - please join our new “Wander in your wellies” facebook group and join in with the observations.  

It’s probably too muddy for all but the keenest walkers to go on site at time of writing - but that should change over the next few weeks.  Let us know (photo would be ideal, but not essential) of what you have seen or heard, when and where. (we’ll put up a few examples to show you what we mean) This will form a log of evidence, which will add to the anecdotes and observations we’ve already got, and can be developed over the coming months and years.  Every so often, we’ll post some photos and observations both onto the Loftus Town Council Facebook page and website but also onto other social media.

When COVID- restrictions allow, the observations will be tied in with activities on the site and elsewhere - something to look forward to!

How to wander safely

  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear - we don’t want anyone slipping or catching a chill

  • Follow public footpaths and permissive paths - give way to others where it’s narrow 

  • Wander with your family or your support bubble - obey social distancing measures and local signs and advice.  If you are wandering on your own - let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.

  • Leave gates and property as you find them

  • Keep dogs under effective control - bag and bin any dog poo

*Loftus Town Council’s partner organisations in this project include: Beyond Housing, ESH, Groundwork North East and Cumbria, Loftus ACCORD Walking Group, MFC Foundation, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.  All are bringing funding, expertise or resources to the project.  The project is also funded from the Green Recovery Fund administered by the National Lottery.