Branches East Vale News
Grove Scouts Bat Box Environmental Project
Bat1-1000This last week 14-20 May has been the Scouts  Community Week across the nation . In Grove with the increase in popularity of scouting in the last few years we now have three troops. One of their recent projects has been to construct bat boxes and today saw representatives of two of the troops, Seagulls led by Wayne Bream and Blackbirds led by Phil Gill, come to several locations on the canal around Wantage to put them in position high on trees They have been placed along the Childrey New Road section and east of Grove near Small march Lock. Photos show, from left to right Phil Gill and his son Hamish, Ethan Bream, yours truly and finally Wayne Bream. My daughter, Heather, was taking the photo and can be seen up the ladder in the second photo.Bat2-1000
 
At Childrey we also had the Coulson family. My thanks to all of them for spending their Sunday afternoon on such a worthwhile project. The third scout troop will be positioning their supply of bat boxes at the Elm Farm section of canal at Grove, which is close to the Scout Hut.
 
The Childrey New Road section of canal and towpath was a joy this afternoon, A lone chiff-chaff was singing very loudly in the nearby trees and with a plethora of wildflowers growing on the bankside ( on which the Wantage and Grove Lions did a tree planting session last year) I was able to educate my daughter on a bit of plant recognition ( Comfrey and Campion, for a start). As a final note I used the opportunity of being there to plant a horse chestnut tree grown from a conker taken from Denchworth a couple of years ago. I  look forward to seeing the tree grow over the years to come, and I hope to see the various bat boxes being used, of course. Now to get a bat sound detector!
 
Brian Stovold