Biodiversity: the huge variety of life within our environment. This group realise that plants and animals do amazing things. Plants capture carbon from the atmosphere, helping in the fight against increased carbon emissions. Established trees in woodland can communicate via fungal networks so that in their fight against drought and other extreme weather conditions they respond together by producing masses of seed when threatened. Animals help in the breakdown of dead plant material to improve the structure of the soil. Wilding greatly helps to accelerate this process.
In the biodiversity group we help to support plant and animal life. We plant hedges, trees and encourage and support others to do the same e.g. schools. We maintain our own planting through our own workshops or via the Conservation Group in Barton Farm Country Park. The group contributes towards the protection of areas of wildlife under threat through letter writing and protest. There is a monthly workshop to make owl and other bird nest boxes. If you have hedgehogs in your garden please protect them. They are a species under threat in Bradford-on-Avon.
A dynamic swift group has developed as a sub-group of the biodiversity group. They are very active in the conservation of this iconic species in the town.
If you feel you would like to help the group in any way please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THINGS TO DO
- See our guide for A Better Life for a Safer Planet – for the fridge door or to display?
- Five things to do to have healthy soil
- Protect the Hedgehog: provide hedgehog highways in new developments here
- Follow David Attenborough’s advice and leave a spoonful of sugar to help bees. More
- Take a look at these climate change documentaries.
- Collect water samples as part of Bristol Avon Water Blitz More
- Become an Earth Protector with Mission Life-force.
- Request and plant a pack of bee-friendly seeds here.
BIODIVERSITY GROUP ARTICLES
An update from our Biodiversity Group
Our swifts are back, a wonderful glimpse of freedom in these restricted days. At the moment it is the breeders who are back – the younger birds who will be…
The urgent funding appeal to save the Ancient Woodland and Wildlife Site located at ST809600 was successful – the beautiful historic Becky Addy Wood
Our country is rich in potentially climate-breakdown-busting habitats
A success for Avon needs Trees, the Big Climate Fightback Fund, and what’s in your garden live lessons for schools
Gardening with butterflies in mind, see them in shady corners and sunny spots, what plants do they need?
For Activities that lead to carbon storage improvement and Biodiversity net gain in your garden
“Of all the habitats that one can create to aid nature a pond is best”
Saturday 7 November 10.00 – 16.00 Dr Matthew Shepherd, Soil Biology Senior Specialist, Natural England, and other speakers, will help us understand the crucial role that healthy, living soils
Early in February 33 trees were planted along the Holt Road between