Nature

Global biodiversity results day wake up call

What’s Going On Here? A decade ago, United Nations members set 20 targets to curb the loss of biodiversity globally. The 2020 results are in and the world has failed miserably, with some saplings of success. What Does This Mean? The Global Biodiversity Outlook, published this week by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) found that natural habitats have continued to…

Buzzing about B-lines: UK wildflower scheme launched to boost insect populations

What’s Going On Here? This Monday, 20th July 2020, will see UK conservation charity Buglife launch a new network of insect corridors across the UK, through their wildflower scheme in partnership with Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs). What Does This Mean? The network, consisting of a series of pathways linking existing and potential wildflower corridors, will enable insects to move more…

Why Covid-19 might spell the end of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s animal welfare atrocities

What’s Going On Here? High profile supporters and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, also known as TCM, have said its future is untenable if it continues to rely on the trade of endangered animals, which has been pointed to as a likely source of Covid-19. What Does This Mean? TCM is an ancient system of health and wellness that’s been used in…

Let it grow! Roadside verges become mini-meadows for wildflowers and bees

What’s Going On Here? The coronavirus lockdown has meant that councils haven’t mowed roadside verges and mini-meadows have been left to bloom all across the UK! What Does This Mean? One in five of wildflowers in the UK are now endangered and 97% of meadows have disappeared since the 1930s. Roadside verges are a stretch of hope for Britain’s increasingly depleting wildlife habitats. They form…

Not just daffodils in Wales…The Welsh National Forest

What’s Going On Here? So we need to plant more trees, and Wales have gone and done it – commissioning a National Forest that will run the full length of the country! What Does This Mean? The Welsh First Minister announced an initial £15m fund for the woodland, which is designed to protect nature whilst also boosting tourism by creating a ‘connected ecological network’…

More Green and Pleasant Land in 2020?

What’s Going On Here? A former chief scientific adviser to the UK government has said that half the nation’s farmland needs to be transformed into natural habitat to restore wildlife and help fight the climate crisis. What Does This Mean? This idea might seem radical to some but Prof Sir Ian Boyd—who worked at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs…

UK Wildlife – not in such a good state…

What’s Going On Here? UK wildlife continues to be in decline, according to the State of Nature Report published this week. Since 1970, we have continuously lost nature, with 41% of species (plants and animals) decreasing in number. What Does This Mean? The report is an update from the 2016 report, but was a much larger undertaking than previous years. For the 2019 report, over…