Nature

Bees’ Needs Week – What’s all the Buzz About?

What’s Going On Here? It’s Bees’ Needs Week here in the UK (8-15th July), which will see a week of activities to raise awareness of the importance of our yellow and black friends (and fellow pollinators)! What Does This Mean? This annual event helps us understand the importance of wasps, hoverflies, other flies, butterflies, moths and beetles within our daily lives!! In celebration, Carnaby…

Where the wild things are: how rewilding could help tackle the climate crisis

What’s Going On Here? Last week Rewilding Britain published a plan calling for a quarter of the UK to be ‘rewilded’ to help tackle the climate crisis. How? By redirecting billions of pounds from farm subsidies towards restoring and protecting natural processes and wilderness areas – thus bringing both health benefits to us and the planet. What Does This Mean? Each year the UK…

UN report shows 1 million species at risk of extinction

What’s Going On Here? A report published by the UN studying the human impact on nature, has highlighted the significant importance of biodiversity to the health of the planet, with 1 in 4 species at risk of becoming extinct within decades. What, Yet Another Report? Yes, but…this isn’t just another report, and is being described as ‘the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken.’…

How can we tackle climate change & biodiversity at the same time?

What’s Going On Here? In the past week, a group of scientists, writers and activists wrote an open letter in the Guardian calling for more attention to be paid towards Natural Climate Solutions in solving the threats of both climate change and biodiversity loss. The idea is simple and exciting: protecting and restoring ecosystems also helps remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Here’s a video to…

Beavers give a dam…about flooding

What’s Going On Here? Two beavers have been released in an Essex estate (UK) to manage flood risk naturally and improve biodiversity. How Will They Help Manage Flood Risk? Organised by a partnership between The Environment Agency, the Essex & Suffolk Rivers Trust and Essex Wildlife Trust partnership, the project aims to see how the beavers’ work compares to traditional flood risk…

11 Million Acres of Park Created in Chile

What’s Going On Here? The Tompkins Foundation and the Chilean government combined forces to expand national parkland in Chile by over 11 million acres (4.45 million hectares). What Does It Mean? The Tompkins Foundation was set up by Kristine McDivitt Tompkins (former CEO of Patagonia clothing) and her late husband Doug McDivitt (co-founder of North Face and Espirit). During the 1990’s, the Tompkins Foundation…