Highways and byways

I made a start on my RSPB nature plan yesterday. Currently I’m decorating the new house before moving in. Over the day I took a couple of breaks from painting to do a few gardening jobs.

I took the saw to the back gate to make a gap for hedgehogs and frogs as part of the highways and byways activity. This will give smaller animals a chance to get in and out of the garden past an otherwise impenetrable fence for many animals.The garden is currently pretty wild with overgrown grass and weeds filling the borders, so no issue with ground cover currently. We got some ivy giving cover along the back fence. Next year I think I’ll try and get some climbers maybe honeysuckle along the side fences.

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A hole for hedgehogs.

While I’m decorating I put up a few quick coconut bird feeders and a jar feeder before I move house properly and bring the bird feeders across. The new house is by the sea, so seen lots of gulls, but few garden birds so far. A few pigeons, but nothing else, so be interested to see if I get much else coming in.

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And a bird house above the compost heap where it’s got a bit of cover from a bush.

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Not much, but it’s a start.

Home for nature

As I prepare for moving house I want to plan the new garden for being as wildlife friendly as possible. My current garden has improved over the three years I’ve been in, but this time want to get more going from the off.

The RSPB have a set up to make your own personal plan for nature

You put in details of time, garden type and who will be doing it and it gives activities to suit.

My plan:

Open a hedgehog cafe

Make a butterfly banquet

Open a bird cafe

Create highways and byways for nature

Sow a poppy patch

Build a bug hotel

I reckon these are all quite achievable. The poppy patch won’t be until next year, but I can clear a space for that ready. The garden is already quite nicely set with a number of good bee and butterfly attracting bushes, a compost heap, so I can build on that. I’d like to get some trellis up for some ivy for helping the highways and biways and give a bit more cover on the fence. Going to have a reread of the wildlife garden.

In other news the petition to restore the climate change department is making steady progress. At time of writing this blog it is just shy of 2000 signatures. Please continue to support, sign if you haven’t and continue sharing.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/161489

My facebook page promoting the petition and other environmental stories is rapidly gaining support up to 61 likes in a few days. I can account for almost 200 signatures on the petition through there, which with my low social media presence I can be proud of my contribution.

https://www.facebook.com/UKclimatematters

Twitter presence is currently very little, but going to work on promoting the petition more that way as well.

https://twitter.com/Jobasha

 

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My talented nephews

In a break from my climate change petition efforts I’d like to share some nature efforts from my nephews. This morning they’ve been having a go at watercolours at my dads.

Jacob did a super shark and Joe an excellent effort at a fox.

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Then Jacob and Joe had a go with my camera at capturing some snaps of my parents garden.

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Some excellent photos by Jacob of bees in passion flowers.

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Joe took a good one of my dad, his granddad.

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Jacobs photo of the most wild thing of all.

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One from me on my phone.

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And some by me of my baby Alice being fussed over my family.

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Media coverage of the demise of climate

The removal of the climate change department by Theresa May potentially marks a big setback for tackling climate change. The department has been brought into a bigger department responsible for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The conservatives claim this will allow further progress to be made in tackling climate change. I would love to believe this, but given the lack of progress in the party that promised the greenest government ever (David Cameron “lets kill the green crap) I just don’t believe them. Business interests and protecting the environment have rarely gone hand in hand. To me the removal the department marks the conservatives downgrading the status of the issue of climate change. Thus why I am petitioning to restore the climate change department.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/161489

In this blog I am listing some of the press coverage of the decision to scrap the department to give people further context to decide whether to sign or not. If moved to sign, please share on facebook and twitter and with anyone else you think might care.

Press coverage

The Guardian-Abolition of Decc ‘major setback for UK’s climate change efforts’ (15.7.16)

The independent-Climate change department closed by Theresa May in ‘plain stupid’ and ‘deeply worrying’ move (14.6.16)

The Independent-Killing the climate change department could be Theresa May’s first and biggest mistake

The Huffington Post-Theresa May ‘Stupid’ To Abolish Department Of Energy And Climate Change

Nature World News

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The Express-Department of Energy and Climate Change scrapped as Greg Clark heads up new role

Environment analyst

Petition-climate change department

If you’ve been following the blog over the last week you will of seen that I have been trying to get a petition off the ground to fight Theresa May’s decision to remove the climate change department and merge it into a bigger business department. The new department will supposedly combine environmental issues and business in a sustainable way. However I don’t believe that the environmental issues will win over business interests in a largely self interested Tory government. My petition was rejected as another was being started on the subject, so please put your support behind it. Please sign, share, tweet, do whatever you can to support it. It has managed over 100 signatures in the first day, but it has a long way to go.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/161489

 

 

30 days of wild 2016 contents

Here is the full list of blogs from the National Trusts 30 days of wild so I can tidy the sidebar.

Day 1-spreading the word

Day 2-An early start

Day 3-A couple of nature podcasts

Day 4-staying close to home

Day 5-bird watching

Day 6 – write a poem

Day 7-A new book and new listen

Day 8 feeling the grass

Day 9-Butterflies

Day 10-A more domesticated wild

Day 11-An inordinate fondness for beetles

Day 12-homes for wildlife

Day 13-Foxes

Day 14-Budding young photographers

Day 15-half way through

Day 16-A bird on a wire

Day 17-Feed the birds, tuppence a bag

Day 18-The great British Bee Hunt

Day 19-Bee happy

Day 20-National Insect Week

Day 21-mini beast hunting

Day 22-wildflowers

Day 23-survey time

Day 24-trail cam

Day 26-spare a thought for nature

Day 26-continued

Day 27-Foxes

Day 28-success of the trail cam!

Day 29-sadly almost over

Day 30-this is the end, my only friend, the end

Day 30+1 or -364 days-Staying wild

 

Snail races

Today we set up snail races in the class. At the beginning of the half term we had a number of the boys viscously killing snails. While I have no issue removing the things from the garden I don’t like killing them by slowly torturing them. So over the term we have looked at creating more respect for them keeping a few at a time in a tank in the class.

Today we captured a whole snail swarm for us to do snail races. A tray was used, sprayed with water and the snails released into the middle. The winner was the snail who got to the edge of the tray first. About half the kids sat for the better part of twenty minutes watching snails crawl over each other to the edges.

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