Nature

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…

Global ban on trading baby elephants

What’s Going On Here? A global ban on the zoo trade of baby elephants has just been approved after a heated debate at a conference in Geneva. Whoop whoop! Great news for baby Elmer. What Does This Mean? From the 17th – 28th August the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) met for their 18th conference in Geneva, with the…

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…