Wildlife in Shoscombe
Due to its rural and peaceful location Shoscombe is an oasis for wildlife. There are badgers, deer, bats, slow worms, a huge variety of birds and some rare insects. Many residents gardens are havens for wildlife and the multiple ponds in the village support a large population of palmate newts, common frogs and toads.
But there is still work to do… The State of Nature Report (2019) found that since the 1970s 41% of the UK's species declined in abundance and 15% are under threat of extinction.
Shoscombe’s resident Jo Morris has been involved in the development of Naturehood - 'a community project from Earthwatch Europe, dedicated to reversing wildlife decline and supporting nature to flourish all over the country.'
The online platform, and dedicated free app, is full of resources and activities to help you care for nature in our village. By telling Earthwatch about the wildlife you see and the actions you take, you will be contributing to important scientific research and helping to improve the health of our natural spaces.
Joining is fun, completely free and you can do so here: https://my.naturehood.uk/
All these species shown below are seen in Shoscombe.