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.
For articles and information about Swifts see our Swifts Group page
If you feel you would like to help the group in any way please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THINGS TO DO
- Firms and investors call on the government to deliver a Covid-19 recovery plan that prioritises the environment – their proposals
- Get involved in an ambitious plan to help our bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects in Wiltshire
- See our guide for A Better Life for a Safer Planet – one for the fridge door?
- Five things to do to have healthy soil
- Protect the Hedgehog: provide hedgehog highways in new developments here
- Take a look at these climate change documentaries.
- Donate to Friends of the Earth and receive a bee saving kit here
BIODIVERSITY GROUP ARTICLES
CFBoA free, online event with expert speakers. Numbers limited. For full details and registration see:
Earth’s Energy: Why Soils Matter for Climate, Food, Farming and Wildlife
Oct 3rd a virtual UK Fungus Day by the British Mycological Society! Fungi are amongst the world’s most important organisms
For news on owls and swifts, and beavers and mammals in general, plus an update on Avon needs Trees purchase
The Royal Society’s report examines the relationship between soil structure and its benefits
The Royal Society’s IPCC special report briefing on climate change and land: opportunities and challenges for the UK
and in the garden use peat-free compost. Read here about Plantlife’s campaign
Professor Dave Goulson gives many reasons for the decline of insects
Liz extends congratulations to the Town Council for the passing of a Biodiversity resolution on Re-wilding and weed kill process
An update from our Biodiversity Group
The urgent funding appeal to save the Ancient Woodland and Wildlife Site located at ST809600 was successful – the beautiful historic Becky Addy Wood