Hole in one for Crowborough wildlife

Heather ar Crowborough
Heather ar Crowborough

A popular golf club is undertaking a comprehensive survey of the wildlife to be found on and around the course.

As a condition of a grant received last year from the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, Crowborough Beacon Golf Club has been asked to provide a comprehensive report on the wide diversity of wildlife, particularly any bird activity, sightings and song etc., members and the committee are fortunate enough to experience while playing or just walking on the golf course.

The Ashdown Forest Bird Group has agreed to monitor all activity, however small, of the wildlife on the common together with the club’s own greens staff.

Tit boxes have been fixed in the recommended positions as advised by the bird group.

Members have also been asked to report any unusual wildlife activity when on the course.

There is now a total of 18 tit boxes, one on each hole, and another six open-ended boxes around the course to give a wide variety

Putting up the boxes has been done in an endeavour to attract birds to nest on the golf course and to increase and preserve the birdlife for the benefit of the local community. One of the most exciting and rare sightings took place earlier this month when a firecrest was seen out on the course.

A spokesman for Crowborough Beacon Golf Club said the Club is committeed to preserve the common and its wildlife for everyone who enjoys the open space. The bird box iniative is a further step in this direction, as is the Heathland Restoration Project, currently ongoing.

Jim Tyrrell, a longstanding member, is overseeing the bird box project and if anyone would like more detailed information they should contact Jim via the golf Club on: 01892 661511.

The Golf Club has been the legal landowner since the purchase of Crowborough Common in 1906 from the De La Warr Estate. For more than a century the Club has borne full responsibility for the upkeep, maintenance, restoration, management, stewardship, husbandry and protection and all the costs associated with it. The Club has worked closely with Government and conservation bodies such as the Forestry Commission and High Weald AONB.