Long tailed tit bumbarrels

I didn’t contribute any folklore Thursday posts on twitter, but did find this little literary reference I liked.

Up flies the bouncing woodcock from the brig
Where a black quagmire quakes beneath the tread
The fieldfare chatter in the whistling thorn
And for the awe round fields and closen rove
And coy bumbarrels twenty in a drove
Flit down the hedgerows in the frozen plain
And hang on little twigs and start again

John Clare
The “bumbarrels” is a colloquial for long tailed tits. As a name it rather suits them. The last few weeks I’ve had these coming in the garden a lot and are becoming more comfortably in my presence. 

I’m gradually getting closer for photos of these bumbarrels.

30 days wild: day 3-cook in the sunshine

This morning wasn’t massively wild. We went to nursery for a craft fair. We won some cereal bars (not the most exciting prize) on the tombola and bought some nice wildlife cards.

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Then had a tea and scone at one of the local churches coffee mornings. They had a band playing and it was rather jolly. Alice got a bit bored though, so took her walking on the grass at the back of the church. She did enjoy her digestive biscuit from the church. Took the better part of an hour to finish it though.

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The afternoon fitted in a bit more wild activities. I keep well topped up bird feeders, but being 30 days time I thought I’d spoil them, so they’ve got the full range of options on the front and back garden feeders.

After Alice had her nap she joined me in the garden complete with her new explorer hat. We had bought her a watering can of her own a few days back, but hadn’t given it to her yet. She knew what to do with it straight away. She’s obviously watched me well. Didn’t give her any water yet though as didn’t fancy changing her just before tea.

I also added to the gardens wildlife provision planting the free seed mix that came with the 30 days pack and some night scented stock. It’s loved by moths apparently.

We finished off with tea on our new barbecue ticking the wild act food in the sunshine. Alice was a bit fractious though and wailed throughout taking some of the enjoyment away. Then she smeared beans on her new hat. Good job it looks like it’s easy to clean.

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Then managed a quick wild act while putting Alice to bed. The RSPB have an online petition placing nature on the agenda for the election. Only takes a minute to do if you feel inclined.

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Now we’ve got an evening ahead of chilling watching fantastic beasts and where to find them. A rare night as parents we are going to try and sit down and watch a movie. I’ll leave this blog with a picture of my previously mentioned poppies that we’re looking nice today and a Bee enjoying a cornflower.

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Stop the culls

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/165672

 

The news came yesterday that the government plans to continue and extend the badger culls into new counties. They have already taken place in Somerset and Gloucestershire since 2013 and in Dorset last year. The aim of the culls is to tackle bovine TB. Bovine TB is a serious issue for cattle farmers it affects thousands of farms and tens of thousands of cattle are culled each year as a result of it. There is a push to develop and approve vaccines for Bovine TB to vaccinate badgers and the cattle. However due to the expense and time this will take the culling option has been put forward as the main way of tackling the problem.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37220043

So the culls have been going ahead which so far has been a very costly procedure.

A quick look at the figures:

2015 round of badger culling

Licensed culls in West Somerset, West Gloucestershire and Dorset

1,467

badgers culled in 2015

£1,779,000

total “badger control costs” for the year

  • £1,212.68 equivalent per badger culled
  • 743 badgers culled by “controlled shooting”
  • 724 badgers culled by cage trapping

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

 

 

Bring back the climate change department

Following on from my woodland trust tree party blog I figure more should be done than just ranting about the removal of the climate change department. I have started a petition to reinstate the department. I am fully aware of what the gloomy response I will get should it reach the successful debate number, but I don’t believe in not standing up and stating my views. In the words of the Lifted Lorax, “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”.

The petition needs 5 supporters to be introduced onto the website, so please click the link, get it rolling.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/161808/sponsors/453QNZjJ6m7yHRtLkR0C

The Independent stating it is a stupid move.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-department-killed-off-by-theresa-may-in-plain-stupid-and-deeply-worrying-move-a7137166.html

The Guardian also stating the removal of department as major setback.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/15/decc-abolition-major-setback-for-uk-climate-change-efforts

The Huffington Post providing it’s usual coverage of any Tory mistake.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/nash-riggins/theresa-may_b_11009628.html

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My daughter sleeps soundly, but deserves a future with clean air, with wildlife, with plants, trees and fauna, with clean seas. We have a responsibility to look after this world for the future.

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