Hello and welcome to Scarlet Tiger Project!
Scarlet Tiger Project is a community venture set up by Stourbridge local resident, Joy Stevens. On finding the rare and spectacular Scarlet Tiger Moth along Roman Road/Sandy Lane in 2012, Joy set about improving this habitat for the unlikely resident. She took action with Dudley Council and volunteers from the local community. As a consequence, there is now a thriving community of these little critters in the area.
Due to the success of the initial efforts, work has been extended to the nearby footpaths and bridleways connecting Roman Road to Norton Covet, Bunkers Hill Wood and the Kidderminster Road, with the intention of improving habitat for all forms of wildlife. Along with Dudley Green Care Team, we’ve relentlessly cleared non-native, invasive species; planted wildflowers along paths and the nearby traffic island; litter picked until our bags were full and erected a temporary fence until we can undergo tree and hedge planting.
In 2015 we received funding from Waitrose Community Matters to plant wildflowers and native saplings, such as Blackthorn (Sloe), Hazel and Field Maple. We also pick up an award from Stourbridge in Bloom for our efforts to increase bio-diversity in the area.
We only exist because of passionate members of the local community, who want to save the nature in their own back garden, and encourage more wildlife to repeatedly visit the area. We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to get involved, whether it’s giving us a hand with a work party, connecting us to someone you think could help, advising on ecology, writing a guest blog post on local wildlife or you just want to know a bit more!