Plant of the Week ~ Alnus glutinosa (Alder)

This week we take a look at another invaluable native tree species ~ Alnus glutinosa (Alder). Flowering in spring, with seed ripening in autumn, alder is a common sight in marsh and fen areas, alongside lakes and in wet areas of woods. 

Day out at Northern green gathering

On a rather windy day with sporadic rain we set out into the Derby countryside looking for Bradley Nook farm, the home of Jay, a delightfully friendly farmer who was recently in the news and on Country file for rescuing his herd of "beef" cows by giving them away to Hillside animal sanctuary. This year … Continue reading Day out at Northern green gathering

Eco clubs? Nature, environment and education!

Forging a bond with nature and learning just how wonderfully complicated, beautiful and mesmerising nature, wildlife and our natural world can be is a key aspect in a child's development. Without this understanding, love and respect of our natural world we will raise a generation of children who do not care about the health and … Continue reading Eco clubs? Nature, environment and education!

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

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?

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