Comment on the UN Biodiversity Summit, September 2020

Comment on the UN Biodiversity Summit, September 2020

The UK’s lack of action on biodiversity is increasingly evident – even in the remotest of places. The Farne Islands off Northumberland are a haven for seabirds within a special marine conservation zone, seemingly untouched by human life. But rising ocean temperatures and overfishing mean the islands’ inhabitants – seabirds like puffins, skuas and kittiwakes […]

Basking shark

Further action needed on Marine Protected Areas | Scottish Wildlife Trust

The Trust has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that a new Marine Protected Area, Europe’s largest, will be designated off the west coast of Scotland. However, there is a great deal more to be done to safeguard Scotland’s most precious marine wildlife and habitats by strengthening the existing network. Basking shark off the Isle of […]

Polo Wood, Langley Heath, Kent | Woodlands.co.uk

Polo Wood, Langley Heath, Kent | Woodlands.co.uk

Description Polo Wood is an ancient woodland featuring chestnut coppice with oak standards. There are a few other broadleaf species including birch and mountain ash. A private walk track has been created from the ride stop entrance, through the coppice, to where a bench has been installed. Positioned in the heart of the wood this […]

Project aims to reveal the fate of tyre particles in the marine environment

Project aims to reveal the fate of tyre particles in the marine environment

Tyre particles are believed to transfer in large quantities from vehicles into our rivers and oceans. However, their precise fate – and the impact they have – remains something of a mystery. Now a three-year project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council aims to assess this until now hidden form of marine litter, and […]

Tree protection: The use of tree shelters and guards

Open access restriction at Pevensey Levels NNR (2): how to comment

Applies to: England Summary Find out about the proposed restriction to open access land at Pevensey Levels NNR in East Sussex. This consultation is being held on another website. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 26 October 2020 Consultation description Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access […]

Tree protection: The use of tree shelters and guards

Open access restriction at Stodmarsh NNR (2): how to comment

Applies to: England Summary Find out about the proposed restriction to open access land at Stodmarsh NNR in Kent. This consultation is being held on another website. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 26 October 2020 Consultation description Natural England is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at […]

New woodlands can help reduce flooding risk within 15 years

New woodlands can help reduce flooding risk within 15 years

The planting of woodlands in upland areas could play a significant role in preventing the flash flooding which has increasingly affected communities across the UK in recent years. A new study by the University of Plymouth has shown that within just 15 years of being planted, native broadleaf trees can have a marked impact on […]

Three Kent men jailed for hunting and killing badgers, foxes and hare

Three Kent men jailed for hunting and killing badgers, foxes and hare

Three Kent men jailed for hunting and killing badgers, foxes and hare Credit: RSPCA Shocking messages on phone reveal group of hunters killed badgers, foxes and hare. Three men have been jailed after shocking WhatsApp messages revealed a string of offences against wildlife.  Matthew McWilliam Junior (DoB: 27/11/1993) of Spitalfield Lane, New Romney, Kent, and […]

Gatekeeper (female/upperwing) - Vlad Proklov

Big Butterfly Count 2020: The Results

Big Butterfly Count 2020 sees lowest numbers of butterflies recorded in 11 years. Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation has today released data about the number of butterflies counted in this year’s Big Butterfly Count (17th July – 9th August 2020). Worryingly this summer’s Count has seen a reduction in the average number of butterflies logged per […]

Comment on Infrastructure Investment Plan | Scottish Wildlife Trust

Comment on Infrastructure Investment Plan | Scottish Wildlife Trust

The Trust has commented on the  publication of the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Investment Plan. Our Chief Executive Jo Pike said: “First and foremost, we welcome the Scottish Government’s decision to include natural infrastructure, such as networks of woodland, peatland and marine habitats, in the Infrastructure Investment Plan. This signals a welcome move towards a more strategic approach to investing in nature’s recovery.   Investment in nature can […]

Wintle Wood

Wintle Wood, Bruton, Somerset | Woodlands.co.uk

Wintle Wood Somerset A woodland of interesting topography, with a stream running through the centre. Wintle Wood has an engaging landscape set around a ravine running the length of the wood that has been formed over thousands of years and now provides a secretive environment harbouring numerous species of wildlife thriving in this diverse habitat. […]

Throop Wood

Throop Wood, Bruton, Somerset | Woodlands.co.uk

Throop Wood Somerset A small woodland with plentiful clearings on elevated ground in a very peaceful setting. The woodland fittingly takes its name from the an old English word for an outlying farm. Its tranquil rural location makes this an ideal opportunity for engagement with nature and management of a natural environment that has experienced […]

Tree protection: The use of tree shelters and guards

Open access restriction at Wellhaugh: how to comment

Applies to: England Summary Find out about the proposed restriction to open access land at Wellhaugh in Northumberland. This consultation is being held on another website. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 26 October 2020 Consultation description The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land at […]

Tree protection: The use of tree shelters and guards

Open access restriction at Stower Hill: how to comment

Applies to: England Summary Find out about the proposed restriction to open access land at Stower Hill in Northumberland. This consultation is being held on another website. This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 26 October 2020 Consultation description The Forestry Commission is seeking views on proposals that will restrict public access to open access land […]

Oil palm replanting may decrease arthropod biodiversity - British Ecological Society

Oil palm replanting may decrease arthropod biodiversity – British Ecological Society

28 September 2020 By BES Press Office New study published in Journal of Applied Ecology finds that oil palm replanting may decrease the biodiversity of arthropods, such as insects and spiders. Spider numbers and species richness fell in some microhabitats. Credit: Michael Pashkevich Oil palm is the most traded vegetable oil in the world, featuring […]

Tree protection: The use of tree shelters and guards

Terms and conditions for paying for a wildlife licence

Documents Terms and conditions for payment for the issue of wildlife licences HTML Terms and conditions for payment for the issue of wildlife licences (print version) PDF, 35.9KB, 5 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) […]

Open Letter in response to the outcomes of the Independent Research Fellowship 2019

Home News, Events & Publications News NERC news Open Letter in response to the outcomes of the Independent Research Fellowship 2019 28 September 2020 You may be aware that concern has been raised that only candidates identifying as male have been awarded NERC Independent Research Fellowships (IRF) from the 2019 call. The results were released […]

The lull……throughout the storm!

The lull……throughout the storm!

 Strong winds starting SWS then to SW. Heavy showers later in the evening. I have had no reports of any sightings. And my own forays were underwhelming (MD). South shore Wheatear 1 Red Nab Meadow Pipit 1 Ocean Edge foreshore  Rock pipit 2 on Red Nab plus 1 near waterfall  Mediterranean gulls – 4 adult […]

Professor Dame Georgina Mace – 1953-2020

Home News, Events & Publications News NERC news Professor Dame Georgina Mace – 1953-2020 22 September 2020 It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Professor Dame Georgina Mace. Dame Georgina’s notable work on biodiversity loss and ecosystem change led to the well-known development of criteria for listing species on […]

What our animals are doing this month… October 2020

October is truly a season of change for our native flora and fauna. As the temperature drops, vegetation starts to die back and our days get shorter, our native amphibians and reptiles start to get ready to face the challenge of winter.  Why is winter so challenging for our native Dragons?! Amphibians and reptiles are […]

Navigating towards our new normal — Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

Navigating towards our new normal — Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

With the support of our members, animal sponsors, donors, funders, corporate partners and volunteers we are beginning to navigate our way towards our new normal. Your support has been vital to keeping our charity afloat and enabling us to restart our work. Thank you. The impact of Covid-19 on our charity has been substantial. Our […]

Stonechat Revival.

Stonechat Revival.

Yes….the Stonechat takes centre stage on B2B once again. The last time I visited Birk Bank for any chance of seeing Stonechat or anything else, was on 22 June 2018. But last week I was on Birk Bank and well chuffed to find 14 Stonechat. Over four birding days at four locations in as many weeks in Bowland, I’ve found 55 Stonechat.  Aug 26 […]

Orca

‘My yacht was attacked by killer whales’

A skipper has been telling how an orca pod attacked his yacht in the seas off north west Spain. Graeme Walker was heading home to Scotland when the orcas began ramming his boat. Mr Walker said the three orcas were circling for 45 minutes and left the rudder with a big hole. Source link

Tree protection: The use of tree shelters and guards

BE6: Veteran tree surgery

Grant type: Option Land use: Priority habitats, Trees (non-woodland), Uplands Tiers or standalone items: Higher Tier Funding (per unit per year): £201 to £300 Contents How much will be paid Where to use this option Where this option cannot be used How this option will benefit the environment Requirements Keeping records Related options Advice and […]

Autumn Gets Going & Bearded Tits Bring Joy

Autumn Gets Going & Bearded Tits Bring Joy

It looks like we’re in for a few decent days so what better way to enjoy them than to get out into nature! When I was doing my rounds earlier today it certainly felt like a classic autumn morning. The sun was bright and the air was cool, as I stood there listening on the […]

Yammas

Yammas

This is bliss. Two weeks without the incessant doom and gloom of TV, radio or newspapers. Two weeks of unbridled sunshine on a beautiful Greek island.   With a spare hour while Sue readied herself for a night on the town I set to and composed a Blogger post for eager followers of Another Bird Blog. […]

Fagus Wood

Fagus Wood, Little London, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire | Woodlands.co.uk

Description Fagus Wood is an impressive and thriving natural environment. The beech tree benefits the woodland it grows in, its large root system helps circulate air through the soil and its presence actively improves the growth of other trees and plants growing near it, although due to its dense canopy and leaf litter only very […]

Pikadole Wood

Pikadole Wood, Little London, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire | Woodlands.co.uk

Description Pikadole Wood has had little human intervention in recent years. In this way the resilience and self sufficiency of a balanced natural environment is evident as the woodland continues to thrive. For the most part the woodland is dominated by large beech trees where the high canopy affords marvellous open views of the forest. […]

Towerburn Wood, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders | Woodlands.co.uk

Towerburn Wood, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders | Woodlands.co.uk

Towerburn Wood is a fascinating hidden gem with great historic interest, set in a shallow valley of a quiet corner of Jedburgh. The wood was originally part of the Hartrigge estate and was used as a water source and for recreation. It was once owned by the Scottish Lord Chancellor and was indeed visited by […]

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