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
- Five things to do to have healthy soil
- Protect the Hedgehog by signing the petition to 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 and help direct future conservation efforts 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.
- Donate to Friends of the Earth and receive a bee saving kit here
BIODIVERSITY GROUP ARTICLES
Report from Liz Stephens containing information about a fully-funded PhD course and other news
Tree planting season is here. 5000 trees are being planted alongside Avoncliff Wood
What can we do to maintain our garden and the insect life it contains?
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.
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.