Start a wildflower meadow

Continuing my RSPB home for nature plan I have set aside an area in the front garden for a wildflower meadow. Wildflowers creates a feast for bees, butterflies and other insects. From that it gives the birds another supply of food. There also very attractive looking.

RSPB link

The patch chosen is a little strip alongside the front path. It had nothing growing of any major use. A couple of dandelions, but no great variety for attracting insect life.

I started by turning over the soil and taking out the couple of dandelions.

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I broke up the soil to make it finer. Wildflower mix will generally find a way to grow, but might as well make it easier to take.

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I added a thin layer of compost from the heap to give the soil a layer of fresh nutrients. The soil in my garden is mainly clay, so the compost will hopefully help the flowers a little further.

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Then scattered a box of wildflower mix, a bag of seeds from the friends of the earth bee pack then a few poppy seeds and other seed packs.

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Lastly walked over to step it in and watered.

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I was concerned that it was too late in the year but watching a gardeners world episode it encouraged setting up an area pretty much any time except late Autumn and early Winter, so we’ll see what happens.

Currently we have not moved into the house so took across one bird feeder from the current house to see what comes in. So far just pigeons, but at this point of the year most birds will find their own food while insects are plentiful. We are by the sea, so slightly concerned that the seagulls will scare away some of my favourite garden birds, but will have to wait and see.

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I’ve potted some lavender. I like lavender as an insect attracting flower and cat repentant (don’t want the birds eaten), but it does badly in clay soil, so I’ll see if it can manage in pots.

I’ve added a insect home and butterfly home ticking off another home for nature activity.

Build a bee B&B

The garden is currently pretty wild, which I’m in favour of, but mainly just for slugs and snails. So I’ve worked on clearing the dandelion forest to claim a flower bed back. A good afternoons work digging and turning over.

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I’ve got some ivy ready to continue adding to the  on the fence. Very important for many moth species, spiders and giving some further cover.

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And a butterfly enjoying the garden.

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The petition is gradually growing.  Please continue to share and support.

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

https://www.facebook.com/UKclimatematters/

https://twitter.com/Jobasha

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

 

 

No ice, no polar bears

An update on petition to parliament. The petition has received more than its necessary support to know go to the approval stage. To do this it must meet the standards, but I can’t see any reason it wouldn’t. It reached the required number on Saturday, then it can take up to a week to go live on the site. When it does please share the petition, tweet about, blog, whatever you can do to help as it is an important issue. I don’t expect the government to necessarily change its decision, but I do want to show disgust at the decision and flag to the other parties that the environment should be on their agendas. During the Brexit debates the remain parties campaign was rather limp. The efforts from GPO’s to represent the environmental concerns were not massive. So now we are left in a position where the positive steps undertaken for the environment may be undone. EU environmental policies were far from perfect, but the conservatives left unchecked will destroy what little we have left. So now more than ever is a time for individuals to make their voices heard. Please support my petition when it goes live to send a message that climate matters. If you want to follow on twitter look for @jobasha

The campaign I am doing under the hashtag #climatematters

Standards for petitions

We’ll only reject your petition if it’s:

  • not clear what you’re asking for
  • about something that the UK Government or Parliament is not responsible for
  • about something that’s the responsibility of a devolved body (eg the Scottish Parliament)
  • about a purely personal issue
  • confidential, libellous, false or defamatory
  • contains language that may cause offence, or is provocative or extreme in its views deceptive or misleading
  • advertising or spam
  • nonsensical, or a joke
  • party political
  • about honours or appointments – there’s a different way to nominate someone for an honour
  • breaks the law or violates intellectual property rights
  • covered by a court order, injunction or is about a case that’s active in the UK courts
  • potentially confidential, commercially sensitive or might cause someone distress or financial loss
  • names people working in public bodies (except for senior management)
  • names family members of elected officials or people working in public bodies
  • names someone who has been accused of a crime, or contains information that may identify them
  • a Freedom of Information (FOI) request – there’s a different way to make an FOI request

 

In the mean time while I wait for the parliamentary petition to go live I have started another petition through 38 degrees. The first petition is through parliamentary petitions, which has been criticised as the idea of a petition website set up by the government is an odd one. It is an area which traditionally is done by outside forces to put pressure on the government. 38 degrees is an independent petition website, free from government control. It also means people worldwide can show disgust at the decision to scrap the climate change department, whereas the parliamentary website can only be signed by UK residents. So if you want to sign the 38 degrees petition the link is here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/bring-back-the-climate-change-department

And now a bit of background on what climate change may mean. I can’t imagine anyone wanting polar bears to become extinct. These wonderful bundles of strength are on of natures wonders to watch. In this BBC story from 2014 they examine how man made global warming could lead to polar bear extinction.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141107-will-polar-bears-become-extinct?ocid=fbert

tory policy

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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