Rolls-Royce announce children’s rewilding competition

Bowdleflode News No. 34 – March 2021

Sketch map of the rewilding area.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has its head office on the Goodwood Estate, near Chichester in West Sussex in the UK.

The company has announced a ‘rewilding’ project at the Goodwood site and has asked aspiring young designers and naturalists to get involved in a nationwide competition.  Entrants are invited to submit their ideas for a new feature in the Wildlife Garden, at the Home of Rolls-Royce.

The competition is open to children aged 5 to 11 and asks entrants to suggest features that would enhance the Wildlife Garden and its habitat value to local flora and fauna.  As well as ideas to nurture wildlife, such as pollinator-friendly plants and trees, bird feeders, bug hotels and nest-boxes, children can also design shelters, seats, sculpture and other items that would  appeal to Goodwood’s human population, too.

The winner will be chauffeur-driven to the Home of Rolls-Royce to perform an official opening ceremony for the rejuvenated Garden, before viewing their winning feature in its new setting. The winner and runner-up will also receive a unique 3D computer-generated image of the Wildlife Garden, with their feature in pride of place, created by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Team with the same software used for designing customers’ cars.

The Wildlife Garden occupies a small, secluded area of the Goodwood site. Established as part of the original landscaping when the plant was built in the early 2000s.  It provides an excellent habitat for a wide variety of plants, insects, birds and animals native to the south of England. It also offers valuable opportunities to observe and learn about nature for groups including children from nearby schools.

Other regular visitors to the garden include a colony of around 250,000 English Honey Bees housed in six palatial hives in a secluded location elsewhere on the site.  The bees are responsible for producing ‘the Rolls-Royce of honey’, a rare and exquisite natural bounty reserved exclusively for the marque’s customers and VIP guests.

absolutely appropriate to involve children

Chief Executive Officer, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “We felt it was important to respond to people’s renewed engagement with and concern for local environment, prompted by the pandemic by enhancing the Wildlife Garden’s features and habitats. We believe it is absolutely appropriate to involve children in this endeavour. Preserving wildlife and habitat really matters to them because it is their future at stake.”

For more details and to submit designs please visit:

www.rolls-roycewildlifegarden.com

Competition closes 19 April 2021.

Beavers to be reintroduced across Britain this year

Sketch map of the rewilding area.

A record number of beaver reintroductions are set to take place across the UK this year, as efforts to bring back the species gathers momentum.  Two decades after beavers were first returned to the UK, in Scotland, and 400 years after the species were hunted to extinction in Britain, counties across England and Wales will become home to new beaver families.

Around 20 animals will be released over the course of the year, the first of the year’s releases already having gone ahead in Dorset.  Later in the year, Derbyshire, the Isle of Wight, Nottinghamshire and Montgomeryshire in mid-Wales will all take delivery of beavers which will be released into large enclosures.  The hope is for the beavers’ activities to restore the valuable wetland habitats which have been missing since they were lost, and thereby boosting biodiversity and reducing flood risks.

The Wildlife Trusts have organised the reintroductions of these magnificent species with their extra special qualities, which really will help put nature in recovery and bring even more life to the landscape.  The release of more beavers in Britain has huge public support and follows a major success for conservation groups last year, when the government formally recognised the “wealth of benefits” beavers brought to the areas they inhabit.

Bowdleflode of the Month

Meet BEEJON

 

Created by one of the pupils at Crofton Anne Dale School in Fareham, UK

This month we shine our spotlight on BEEJON!  This Bowdleflode is a half bee with two paralysing stings able to bring down an elephant.  It also has a tortoise shell, head and legs, plus frog legs to enable it to jump high.  They reside in jungle environments where they are able to hide in its shell if threatened.⠀