The River Wyre flowing along the eastern boundary attracts many birds such as Kingfishers, Sand Martins, Dippers, Tree Creepers, Grey Wagtails and Goosanders.
The Green is located within the River Wyre Flood Control Basin. During prolonged heavy rain, flood gates are closed at Garstang to protect downstream villages. The Green and surrounding fields become a reservoir for the flood water until it can be safely released. This poses challenging conditions for cultivation of our wildflower meadows.
The hedgerows along some of the boundaries provide habitat for resident songbirds such as Blackbird, Song Thrush and Dunnock and also migrants such as willow Warblers and Whitethroat.
The path of the river is a feeding site for bats and a colony reside in boxes that we have erected in mature trees. There has been evidence of Otter activity on the river banks.
The grassland along the river bank is left uncut to provide habitats for Moths, Butterflies and many insects. There is a general grass management programme to encourage wildlife.
New and carefully maintained hedgerows and copses provide important habitats for birds and many other creatures. All plantings are of native species.
During 2011, following widening and improvements to levels and drainage, all the major pathways were resurfaced. The grassed paths on the western boundary have been reinforced with anti erosion mesh. New gateways, litter bins in stone enclosures and new notice boards were installed. Work on the hard surfaced paths was performed by specialist contractors and most other work was performed by the Wyre Countryside Rangers and our loyal band of volunteers. Funding was provided by grants from The Big Lottery Fund, Lancashire Environmental Fund and Groundwork. Upon completion of the developments, the Lancashire Environmental Fund presented an Open Space / Recreation Award to the Millennium Green Trust for excellent project management,commitment by all the team, project delivery and community involvement.
Unfortunately, the wood carving of a Dipper bird, a popular feature for many years, sucumbed to dry rot but, a new carving was commisioned and is now erected on an appropriate stone boulder.
Close to the north and south entrances to the Green, interpretation boards have been erected showing a map of the Green and highlighting various features. We are grateful to Wyre Borough Council, The Environment Agency and Stone UK for their support to provision of the boards.