BIODIVERSITY GROUP

We used to be called the Tree Group but found this restricted our activity to the winter months. So, in 2011 we realised we wanted to do more about increasing wildlife habitat and corridors and decided to call ourselves the biodiversity group, as it better reflects our purpose.

We now focus on something different each year, while continuing to plant trees and hedges as well as manage those already planted. Suggestions for worthwhile projects are always welcome, so please get in touch with us if you have any ideas.

All of our sessions are very sociable with lots of refreshments including delicious cakes! Tools are provided; we simply ask people to turn up, suitably clothed and shod and work as hard as you are able. While we welcome children most of the time, unfortunately the activities are not always suitable because of the tools and equipment we are using.

If you feel you would like to help the group in any way please email climatechampions@gmail.com (preferred) or telephone/text 07507 782523.

THINGS TO DO

  • Ask your MP to support urgent climate action here…

  • Join the Extinction Rebellion here…

  • Protect the Hedgehog (here)

  • Nominate your Tree of the Year to be in with a chance of winning £1000 of tree care awards.

  • Follow David Attenborough’s advice and leave a spoonful of sugar to help bees. More

BIODIVERSITY GROUP ARTICLES

Roadside Verges & Biodiversity within Bradford-on-Avon and surrounding villages

Wiltshire Council has a statutory duty to consider biodiversity conservation in all its activities. Only 2% of wildflower meadows which existed nationally in 1930’s now remain! Roadside verge management can increase the wildflower areas. The main way to do this is to reduce the number of cuts to once a year between mid July and the end of September with the removal of the cuttings in areas where grass does not need to be kept short for sightline management for road safety.

Trees

My grandson bought a crab apple tree with his Christmas money – just imagine how long this will last him! It will sequester carbon, help with soil drainage attract pollinators and provide food, as well as being a beautiful living thing to admire.

Sir William Worsley is the government’s first ever ‘tree champion’. His main task is to ensure that 12 million trees are planted in England during this Parliament.

Organics

For a difference in flavour try organic, its all down to the soil they are grown in or on. Carrots are especially good. Organic producers and those based on similar…

Two years to make a deal for nature

UN’s biodiversity chief warns that if we don’t we could be the first species to document our own extinction.

Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Director of the UN convention on Biological Diversity says pressure needs to be put on governments to set ambitious global targets by 2020 to protect …

Bio-diversity group news

Nest box workshop 25th November

Bradford-on-Avon: Sites are being sought for the nest boxes, species must be known to be present in an area. Species boxes are barn owl, tawny owl, sparrowhawk and kestrel.
The next workshop to make nest boxes …

Swift Group Update

June 16th – 23rd was the first ever National Swift Awareness Week and the Bradford on Avon Swift Group (an offshoot of the biodiversity group of Climate Friendly Bradford on…

Butterflies

In 2012 we concentrated on encouraging people to plant butterfly friendly plants in their gardens as some species are in decline. They were then encouraged to take part in a…

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