About the Society (continued) Back
HCS was invited by Haddenham Parish Council to help organise and create a new village facility. Application was made successfully to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant and also grants from various public bodies along with donations from local businesses and many parishioners. In all over £90,000 was raised. This all took place over a 6-year period ultimately resulting in the 17-acre Access to the Countryside area now known as ‘Fairchild’s Meadows’. It includes a newly created 9-acre wildflower meadow and has safeguarded breeding habitat for two rare insect species, the White-letter Hairstreak butterfly and four-spotted Pinion moth, both dependant on a substantial line of very old Elm trees so far untouched by Dutch Elm disease.

In 2008 HCS
planted 50 more Elm trees in various suitable places around the parish with the help of a grant from HSBC.

Guides and Cadets joined with members to help plant trees.
HCS has negotiated with the local Haddenham Drainage Board to undertake ongoing suitable management of an important approximate 3-mile wildlife corridor known as the ‘New Cut Drain bank’. This is an important place for longstanding naturally occurring diverse wild flowers, upon which many species of butterfly depend.

HCS reviews local planning applications that might affect wildlife and proffers advice and suggestions as to how it may be catered for in such developments.

Recently HCS was
invited to make suggestions for the enhancement of wildlife around a proposed Solar Farm adjoining the parish boundary.

Since its inception in 1985,
HCS has continued to record the birds, butterflies, dragonflies, insects and wild flowers seen in the parish and has published its findings in newsletters, and now on this website. In time HCS hopes to produce them in printed form.

Work parties are arranged for those who enjoy them to help with projects such as restoring Aldreth Ponds, for which we were awarded a
‘Shell Better Britain’ certificate.

Members come from a wide area and are not confined to Haddenham.