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 email@example.com (preferred) or telephone/text 07507 782523.
THINGS TO DO
- Protect the Hedgehog (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 and help direct future conservation efforts as part of Bristol Avon Water Blitz More
BIODIVERSITY GROUP ARTICLES
For the report of the walk to Hartley Farm on 5th October, read here.
30th November: Tree planting with the Woodland Trust at Avoncliff Wood.
State of Nature reports that wildlife in the UK is in decline. Some populations have declined by 60% since 1970. Designated sites for ‘priority species’ has shrunk by 27%.
The other day I was talking to a friend, also a member of CFB and local Extinction Rebellion activist. I mentioned that what led me to become an environmentalist was listening to the Reith lectures of 1969
Heather is one of the most glorious sights to see on the moorlands in August, unfortunately the effects of the fires on some moors have reduced its intensity of growth and colour.
It is now August and by the time you read this the skies over Bradford on Avon will be quiet and the Swifts well on their way to their winter home in Africa. However, the Swift group remains active and would very much like to collate a list
Volunteers needed for the annual rake up of the wildflower meadow at Bearfield, off Ashley Road, 12th September 10 – 2 pm.
All over the UK events were held as part of Swift Awareness Week (June 22 -30) to highlight the decline in numbers of these amazing birds and to demonstrate how they can be helped.
CHALLENGES AND ACTIVITIES:
As previously reported enriching our soils with organic matter will help their growing power.
Volunteers needed! To monitor swifts especially nesting sites. Let us know if you see a swift go into or out of a space in a roof or a nest box. The time is now as the chicks emerge they will be feeding them.
The UN has published a report containing an existential warning of the extinction of natural species and the threat to human life: