Last year Crowborough Beacon Golf Club (CBGC) received a grant from Natural England to restore the rare heathland habitat on Crowborough Common. As a condition of the funding from the Higher Level Stewardship scheme, the Golf Club has been asked to provide a comprehensive report on the diversity of wildlife, particularly any bird activity.
During the winter work began by felling trees on the left-hand side of the 5th hole, and an overgrown area of Birch, Gorse and Alder were removed from the left-hand side of the 4th fairway near to the Canadian War Memorial.
Nesting boxes have also been erected to try and attract birds to the golf course. The boxes have been fixed in the recommended positions as advised by the Ashdown Forest Bird Group. There are now a total of 18 tit boxes (with a small hole in the front), one adjacent to each fairway. Another six open-fronted boxes, prefered by other species such as Robin, Wren and Song Thrush, have been placed around the course.
The Bird Group have agreed to monitor the course for sightings and song, along with their own greenskeepers, who have first-hand knowledge of the wildlife on the common. Members have also been asked to report any unusual wildlife activity when playing.
One of the most exciting sightings and a rare event took place earlier this month when a Firecrest was seen out on the course.
Crowborough Beacon Golf Club say they are committed to preserve the common and its wildlife for the local community and the bird box initiative is a further step in this direction as is the heathland restoration project, currently ongoing.
Jim Tyrell, a long standing member of the CBGG, is overseeing the bird box project and if anyone would like more detailed information please contact Jim via the Club.