Welcome to our Harpenden Wilderhood Watch page!

We are thrilled to be launching our first Harpenden Wilderhood Watch project on Marquis Lane. As residents of Marquis Lane are lucky enough to have the Batford Springs Nature Reserve on their doorstep, this gives them a great opportunity to expand and enhance their gardens for wildlife to thrive.

Residents are keen to create more space for the wildlife already making their homes in the reserve, so have decided to run a Pollinator Highway project. We think that by concentrating on boosting insect populations at first, this will have the added effect of also providing more food and habitat for small mammals and birds.

This Marquis Lane garden is already attracting pollinators thanks to plants such as lavender and cosmos, well loved especially by bees! We’d like to grow our populations of insects such as bees and butterflies by encouraging lots of gardens to join in with planting lots of pollinator friendly flowers.

Residents are also keen to attract swifts, so we have joined with Fleetville Swifts in St Albans to run a Swift Action project. This will involve encouraging as many residents as possible to install swift boxes.

If you live on Marquis Lane and would like to be involved, or if you are a Harpenden resident who would like your road to run a Wilderhood Watch project, please contact Helen at helen6789@live.co.uk.