Plastic, an environmental disaster

Odo Tortolla is today's guest speaker, here to talk about a very serious problem which pollutes our waterways, litters our countryside and kills wildlife. Its plastic! Without further delay let's hear from the wise rescue tortoise from Brinsley Animal Rescue. You may see me as a tyrant boss demanding my dandelions and the occasional apple … Continue reading Plastic, an environmental disaster

Trees can talk, we just can’t hear it – Project Earth

Trees are not solitary plants, instead they are part of a vast and complex network, which is capable of sharing nutrients, water and warning surrounding trees about dangers such as damaging insects or changes in atmospheric conditions. This fun little video is a great demonstration of the interconnected nature of trees, and how they actually … Continue reading Trees can talk, we just can’t hear it – Project Earth

Slugs and snails, enemy of the gardener? Or vital member of the Ecosystem?

Slugs! Every year we hear about gardeners waging war with slugs complaining about losing half their garden to the slimy "pests". But when was the last time you walked around a forest to find it destroyed by slugs or any other pest? So maybe we need to rethink our eternal struggle to control pests such as … Continue reading Slugs and snails, enemy of the gardener? Or vital member of the Ecosystem?

Are bees in for a drastic decline in 2017?

Worldwide there are around 20,000 different species of bee, most of which are solitary bees, 9 species of honey bee and around 250 species of bumblebee. We have around 270 of those species native to the UK! Sadly all those wonderful species of bee are in for a drastic decline in numbers in 2017 due to … Continue reading Are bees in for a drastic decline in 2017?

Therapy of trees, nature, and gardening

Surely no one can deny that after walking through a wonderful old forest or even just your local country park you feel more relaxed, less stressed and happier! More and more research is being done into the therapeutic benefits of connecting with nature, trees and even gardening. This connection to the natural world is one … Continue reading Therapy of trees, nature, and gardening

Butterfly and moon gardens for moths

Butterflies are well known pollinators, fluttering from flower to flower on delicate wings during the warm summer months. Moths on the other hand are largely forgotten and not often thought of as critical pollinators. Instead many see moths as flame obsessed nighttime pests! Yet these beautiful creatures are vital pollinators which have been in decline for … Continue reading Butterfly and moon gardens for moths

Invite wildlife into your garden with a delightful new pond

Ponds are one of the best ways to create habitat and invite wildlife into your garden, which we explored in previous weeks with "Wildlife ponds in your garden" and "Plants for your Wildlife pond". To show you how a pond can enhance your garden we will be following Dawn's garden as it receives a wildlife … Continue reading Invite wildlife into your garden with a delightful new pond