CUSTOMERS ACROSS SCOTLAND ASKED TO USE WATER WISELY
The South West Locality has been looking at a better structure for the local Environment Walkabouts. This is where local community bodies get together and look at what potential environmental improvements might be considered. The proposal will remove "service" issues from the discussions which will be held twice* a year and concentrate on reviewing areas in the community where money might be better spent making an area more attractive.
Colinton Community Council wishes to work with the various constituted bodies in Colinton as well as community members to examine what we can do to make Colinton a better place.
All suggestions will be considered, so please get in touch.
* It is possible that this may only occur once a year unless suggestions come forward on areas to improve.
HEDGEHOGS ARE IN TROUBLE - HEDGEHOGS NEED YOUR HELP
Hedgehog populations are in drastic decline.
More than 50,000 are killed each year on Britain’s roads.
Hedgehogs are also killed in strimming and mowing incidents.
Hedgehogs die when eating slugs which have been poisoned with slug pellets.
HOW YOU CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Drive slowly after dark and early morning and check for hedgehogs on the road, verges and pavements.
Always check long grass and under bushes/shrubs before mowing/strimming.
Check your garden for hedgehogs before letting dogs out after dark.
Put out a shallow dish of fresh water in a secluded part of your garden especially during dry spells.
Check leaf piles and wood piles before burning.
Leave a small space under your fence so that gardens are linked to allow hedgehogs to travel safely.
For details please refer to www.hedgehogstreet.org/help-hedgehogs
DON’T use slug pellets or poisons. Alternatives are sand, wood chips, gravel or thorny twigs.
NEVER feed Hedgehogs milk.
Avoid nuts, seeds, dried fruit, mealworms, bread, cakes and biscuits.
You can feed meat based dog/cat food (pate/jelly not gravy or fish based), dried hedgehog food (available online or from RSPB) or crushed cat biscuits.
If you find a sick, injured, or tiny Hedgehog, or a Hedgehog wandering about during day time please call the SSPCA immediately on 03000 999 999
SAVING BIRDS, BEES and BUTTERFLIES
Keep cats in overnight during the Bird nesting season (March - August).
Put out an elevated shallow tray (bird bath) of fresh water for drinking and bathing.
Feed quality seeds and nuts over winter (try to keep feeders clean), also mild grated cheese, soaked dried fruit / fruit cake, unsalted hard fats, pastry raw or cooked, cold potatoes, apples and pears. Note (dried fruit can be harmful to dogs and cats).
Plant bushes which have berries, plant thick shrubs and hedging and leave some of your garden wild. Check when to cut back for best berry production or retention.
DON’T feed bread or anything salty or sticky.
DON’T cut back hedges and shrubs during the Bird nesting season (March - August). It is an offence under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.
Plant Lavender, Delphiniums, Foxgloves Poppy and Wallflower
Plant a purple Buddlea (Butterfly bush) Cosmos, Alysum, Aster and Nasturtium.
Published courtesy of Milesmark and Baldridge Community Council. Minor amendments by Colinton Community Council