For us the dismal weather of much of 2012 gave us all something to moan about in true British tradition. But spare a thought for our wildlife, for whom such weather can mean the difference between life and death.
The new Wessex Bryology Group aims to help people to gain confidence and experience with identifying bryophytes, so whether you have no experience with identify species, or want to get more involved, all are welcome to come along. All you will need is a hand lens with 10 or 20 magnification, some paper packets to collect specimens and to be prepared as many sites can get very muddy!
The prickly appearance of the Hedgehog and the snuffling sound in your garden at night makes it a well-known British mammal. But people may not be aware of how much trouble this loved species is facing. The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has been running Hedgehog counts for over 10 years and now believes there are fewer than 1 million Hedgehogs left in the UK, down from 36 million in the 1950’s.
During these cold snaps wildlife, in particular birds, are more likely to come into gardens to find easy access to food and water, and you can help improve their chances of survival by providing food including meal worms, fatballs, dried fruit and seeds.
After hitting the headlines several months ago a number of plans were put in place to try and halt or at least slow the spread of Ash dieback; the Chalara helpline was set up to ensure a central location for the reporting of suspected cases and legislation was introduced banning the import of Ash trees and their movement within the country. Now Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, has published the next step in the Government’s plans to battle this disease.