Check out what’s been keeping us busy

Check out what’s been keeping us busy


Common frog and common toad populations have been reported as being in decline since the 1970s. Common toad populations have declined across the UK by 68% over the past 30 years, which approximates to a 2.26 % decline per year.

Bat Boxes

Pleased to report 11 Chavenage bat boxes have been kindly erected by Steve Parker & Nigel Tranter in an ‘out of play area’ on the course to supplement natural roosting places which are becoming rarer.
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Building a Dead Hedge

So, what is a Dead Hedge? “A dead hedge is a barrier constructed from cut branches, saplings, and foliage. The material can be gathered from activities such as pruning or clearing, and in traditional forms of woodland management, such as coppicing. Its ecological succession can be a beetle bank or hedge.”
Silver Birch Monoculture


In September 2023, it was proposed to the Club’s Board, that we develop a comprehensive Woodland Management Plan (WMP). This initiative is essential to promote greater air circulation and ingress of light in areas of play that are currently heavily shaded.


Hinckley Golf Club’s new Ecology Group reports to the club directors on its first few months Reproduced with kind permission of Hinckley Golf Club


Upright log piles can provide a habitat for many species of deadwood feeding (Saproxylic) invertebrates in public areas of woodlands, parks and Nature Reserves, in places where standing deadwood cannot be left due to safety reasons.

The Greenest of Greenkeepers

When I started green keeping 18 years ago I didn’t know anything about nature, or golf for that matter, I just wanted to work outside. Over that time, more and more focus has been put onto sustainability and working in ways to benefit nature, and rightly so.

Foxgloves in the Conifers

For the past five years a small team of volunteers at Market Harborough Golf Club have, with the support of the club’s board of directors, been following a series of environmental policies and projects ranging from single use plastics and recycling, to LED lighting and on course environmental enhancements.
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Stonebridge Golf Centre’s Journey to Sustainability with UtilityWorks

Stonebridge Golf Centre, a renowned golf club, has been working with UtilityWorks for several years. UtilityWorks has managed their entire utilities portfolio, allowing Stonebridge to focus on their core business. The partnership has led to significant savings in time, money, and energy consumption.

Making Homes for Slow Worms

Slow worms are neither worms nor, in fact snakes, but a small genus of snake-like legless lizards in the family Anguidae. Its identity is given away by its abilities and blink with its eyelids.
Hornet Moth

Introducing the Hornet Moth

The Hornet Moth (Sesia apiformis) is the largest of our region’s clearwing moths and also one of the rarest. There are currently only seven known colonies within the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland).

Badger Deterrents: A Case Study from Ullesthope Court Golf Club

As with many clubs, Ullesthorpe Court GC has experienced much badger damage in the last few years, particularly on and around our greens.  A couple of methods were attempted, using sprays and smells, but with no success.

Reviving the Black Poplar: Branching Out With the Tree Council

By the end of this year Cold Ashby Golf Centre will have planted about 650 new native trees. Our aim was to increase biodiversity, create wildlife habitats, strengthen the playing strategy required for some holes and reinforce its attractive landscape.

Making Homes for Newts

UPDATED JANUARY 2023: There’s a new Head Greenkeeper at Glen Gorse Golf Club: James Burberry, a passionate wildlife enthusiast, is working with the help of key members like Alan Herbert, on initiatives to benefit nature. The first, and the more unusual, is a project to restore and expand habitats for a local newt population.

MOREwoods and MOREhedges

The Woodland Trust is based here in Grantham and they have 2 schemes called MOREwoods and MOREhedges. You can apply to them for advice, funding and supply of saplings. At SGC we did this and received over 2,500 saplings, together with guards and stakes.

The Rachel Carson Bowl

At Market Harborough Golf Club we recognised the need to raise members’ awareness of our activities, especially when so much of what we are trying to do is, by definition, low profile or has a lengthy lead-in or incubation time. One way of doing this, and at the same time raising some funding, was to organise a new club competition.


12 months ago the main season equipment at The Leicestershire was on its last legs to say the least. With one fairway mower sent to the graveyard and the remaining over 20 years old… things had to change.



Going Green at Longcliffe Golf Club

Long before the “green agenda” became a popular cause Longcliffe Golf Club was thinking “environmentally”. However, this was not entirely altruistic because “going green” can sometimes make financial sense as well as being good for the environment.

Sustainable Greenkeeping – Reducing Inputs and Chemical Usage

The world is changing around us and we are expected to become more sustainable and greener. But what does that mean for golf courses? Are they not all ready green? 

Building a Barn Owl Tower

As part of a larger project for Sleaford Golf Club, we obtained planning permission on an old barn on the course that served no purpose. This will give the club much needed  funds to take it forward. However, the barn itself had resident barn owls and as part of the planning conditions we had to make provision for a replacement home.

Building a County Network

In 2019 two golf clubs in Leicestershire - Longcliffe GC and Market Harborough GC - began to work together on environmental issues. Interest in wildlife issues had arisen at both clubs separately and a personal connection resulted in the dialogue starting. The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust was approached for advice on aspects of wildlife and biodiversity and began to offer support in terms of surveys and reports (for example, a plant and pond survey done at MHGC.)

Greetham Valley Golf Club Composting

We started composting about 10 years ago when I suddenly realised that the ‘green waste’ top dressing that I was buying in for our weak fairways was something we could produce on site.
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Greetham Valley Golf Club Bird Hides

To complement the wide range of activities we can offer at GVGC, and because of the BIRD FAIR held annually at Rutland water (no longer!), we set about building a couple of bird hides and a floating island. We mapped out a walk for our hotel guests to enjoy some of the wildlife we attract at our golf course.
Tree Nursery Or Not Tree Nursery at Lingdale Golf Club Featured Image

Tree Nursery Or Not Tree Nursery at Lingdale Golf Club by Peter Haddon

After a number of attempts to secure a delivery of trees, we were grateful to receive a box of "whips" from the Woodland Trust - 100 plus plugs tied in bundles of 10/15. An interesting point to make here is that a "whip" can be anything from 1ft (30cm) to 3ft (90cm).
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Fulford Heath Golf Club – Biodiversity Project

Fulford Heath Golf Club in Wythall, Worcestershire has had a long history of striving to enhance the biodiversity of their course with the inclusion of wildflowers, installing bird boxes, bug houses, introducing hedgehogs to the course and more.
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The Hawk and Owl Trust at MHGC

Following a chance contact at a wildlife trust talk at Rutland Water, Market Harborough Golf Club made contact with the Hawk and Owl Trust, and its East Midlands regional officer, Simon Dudhill.