Bio-diversity update

Are you doing your bit for nature?

The 2016 ‘State of Nature Report’ discovered that the UK has lost significantly more biodiversity over the long term than the world average. It’s an ‘INSECT ARMAGEDDON’. A Rocha UK, the charity that runs the Eco Church scheme, publish a monthly e-newsletter. Below is a shortened version by Klaus Huber of an article they published in early March. You can read the full version here
We all have a love-hate relationship with our six legged friends. Some bite, others sting and some look downright scary. Yet without insects, the planet would slowly die. Insects are critical for pollination; they also provide food for birds, which in turn are the main prey for many mammals – remove insects and you lose one of the key building-blocks of biodiversity.
If we are to rescue the UK’s insects, we are going to have to act incredibly quickly.

FARM AND NATURE WALK AND TALK

‘FARM AND NATURE WALK AND TALK’ – Brown Cow Organics Date and time: Saturday 11th May, 10-12am Reserve a place now – all welcome Farm and Nature Walk and Talk – Brown Cow Organics

FARM AND NATURE WALK AND TALK

‘FARM AND NATURE WALK AND TALK’ – Brown Cow Organics Date and time: Saturday 11th May, 10-12am Reserve a place now – all welcome Farm and Nature Walk and Talk – Brown Cow Organics

NEXT SFADG MEETING

Next SFADG meeting: Sustainable Food and Drink Group (SFADG) meeting Monday, 29th April 7.30-9.30pm. Venue: the Swan Hotel. All welcome.

MAY MEETING – ECO-CHURCHES

Mike Perry from A Rocha UK will be speaking about the Eco Church scheme and how it engages people in the local community to work together on sustainability.
Monday 20th May at 7.00 for 7.30pm

Soil can be amazing!

In 2015 the journal Nature reported the first discovery for 30 years of a new kind of antibiotic: teixobactin which is able to kill mycobacterium tubercuosis, clostridium difficiles and staphylococcus aureus.

The World’s soils contain 1,500 billion tonnes of carbon as organic matter. The good news is that increasing the quantity of carbon contained in the soils by just 0.4% per year would halt the annual increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. This could be done by restoring and improving degraded agricultural land. Organic farmers are leading on this. The great concerns of the world: climate change, natural resources, water control, food production, conservation and human health all rely on the condition of our soil.

April Meeting – Positive Money

At our meeting on 15th April Andrew Myon from the group Positive Money will be giving a talk: “CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT GROWTH?”

After a very brief introduction to Money, we look at alternatives to the present system such that we could live in our finite world –

Owl Nest Boxes

Some members of the Bio-diversity Group meet up once a month and have a workshop making nest boxes, mainly for owls. These are then installed where the birds are known to fly. Here are the ones they put up in late February

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.

March meeting – AGM and Introduction to Extinction Rebellion

We will be having our AGM in March, and an small introduction to Extinction Rebellion (see below)

Monday 18th March
7.00 for 7.30pm at The Quaker Meeting House, 1 Whiteheads Lane, Bradford on Avon BA15 1JU

Shortly after the publication of the IPCC’s report on the transformation needed in global economies and societies if global temperature rise is to be kept below 1.5° above pre industrial levels, a new radical movement made its presence known in London. Established by a group called Rising Up, the movement is called Extinction Rebellion, (XR for short) and as it sounds, it is rebelling against the current rapid extinction of species underway because of the destruction our own species is causing to habitats world wide, through climate change and resource extraction.