Eco-Friendly Ideas & Wildlife
Maths isn’t my strong point. Countdown calculations give me headaches. Carol Vorderman doesn’t. When asked to find ‘x’ in an equation, I invariably point to said letter and say, ‘There it is.’ 7 x 8 always gets me counting on my fingers and if you move a negative number to the other side of the ‘=’ sign when fumbling around with algebra it either becomes a positive or you divide something. Or is it multiply? I struggle. To the nth degree.
Do sheds need guttering?
I do, however, understand 6x8 when it comes to a shed (see what I worked up to there - nice!) and just as vital, the importance of guttering.
Your shed roof is large. It catches a lot of rainwater. I tried to find out how much water actually runs off an average sized shed roof in an average year in an average part of the UK. An average task you would think, but it proved to be a difficult one. I did unearth a formula and you are welcome to squirt some Mr Sheen on your dust
Earlier this month, we caught up with Silviu from Froglife, to talk about amphibian conservation, habitats, and their 'Toads on the Road' project. Check out the great interview below:
Our Interview with Frog Life
1. Why should the public be concerned with the conservation of amphibians in the UK?
Worldwide, amphibians have been declining at an alarming rate, faster than other vertebrate groups, such as mammals, birds or reptiles.
In the UK, there are fewer species compared to warmer climates but, even so, the UK has very important populations at a European level for some species, such as great crested newts.
Also, our recent data shows that once very abundant species, such as the common toad, have been affected by very serious declines in the UK over the last 30 years.
We caught up with Leanne over at The Wildlife Trusts earlier this month to take a look at the work they are doing, starting a wildlife garden, and educating children about the importance of wildlife. Check out our interview below.
Our Interview with The Wildlife Trusts
1. How can someone find out if an area is under the management of The Wildlife Trusts?
The Wildlife Trusts is a federated organisation, which means that there are 47 individual wildlife trusts across the UK working to protect wildlife in their area. The best way to enquire about an area is to get in touch with your Wildlife Trust. You can find their contact details here.
2. What advice would you give to those who want to start a wildlife garden?
We caught up with the people behind Eat Seasonably, a website that focuses on growing your own or buying food that is in season. We chat about the benefits of this and how eating seasonably can cut the cost of fruit and veg, whilst tasting even more delicious! Check out the interview below.
Our Interview with Eat Seasonably
1) What are the benefits of seasonal eating and why should people start doing it?
Any idea when courgettes come into season? How about cucumbers? No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Research shows that most people aren’t sure when most British fruit and vegetables are in season, which is a real shame as it means they’re missing out on when they’re at their absolute best.
While it’s easy to enjoy blueberries with your breakfast in winter, being accustomed to buying whatever w
The Mushroom Diary is the fungi foraging blog. Here, the creator, John Harris, talks to us about all things mushroom-related, including identification, mushroom forays and seasonal delights.
Read our exclusive interview with John below.
Our Interview with The Mushroom Diary
1. What was the driving force behind your passion for all things mushroom?
It’s all about the ‘quiet hunt’ – apart from being enjoyable and (I have to confess) addictive, it can be very rewarding and enlightening. It’s not just the enjoyment of foraging for wild food, but also the opportunity to discover species I’ve never found before, followed by the challenge of identifying them.
2. What type of mushrooms can you find in your own garden?
Posted: August 02, 2016|Categories: Eco-Friendly Ideas & Wildlife|
The hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain’s wild animals. Known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ for their love of feasting on those pesky worms and slugs, hedgehogs can be spotted roaming our gardens at night but sadly the number of them in the UK is rapidly decreasing. So what’s happening to the hedgehog population?
Why hedgehogs need help
Hedgehogs once thrived in the UK – in the 1950’s there were over 30 million of our spikey friends – but now this figure has dropped to less than a million.
The most significant reason behind the drop in numbers is the result of the loss of their natural habitat in Britain. The increase in population and the need for more housing is a concern. Hedgehogs need somewhere to shelter, hibernate and raise their young and hedges are the perfect place for this. They provide easy access in and out of a garden and, with leaves gathering at the bottom, it makes the perfect and cos
Posted: July 26, 2016|Categories: Eco-Friendly Ideas & Wildlife|
Birds are undoubtedly the most common visitors to our gardens, bringing with them music, colour, and charisma – there is no wonder that so many of us are encouraging and attracting birds into our gardens. Many of the birds that are visiting our gardens will be making use of the nesting facilities and the feeding opportunities on offer. It has been estimated that 75% of gardens are providing food for wild birds at some point during the year.
Our gardens are a great place to start when studying birds and their behaviour. As well as being a joy to observe, they are helping out our gardens…
Why are birds important for our garden?
“Birds are important because they keep systems in balance: they pollinate plants, disperse seeds, scavenge carcasses and recycle nutrients back into the earth…” —Melanie Driscoll, Director of bird conservation for the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Flyway
Welcoming wildlife into your ga
With so much emphasis on environmental issues, now is the perfect time to take control and start making the change towards an environmentally friendly garden. Our gardens are often missed out when we think about becoming environmentally friendly and while many of us are starting to realise the importance of eco-living, making your garden eco-friendly is one huge step towards reducing your carbon footprint.
What is Eco gardening?
Eco-friendly gardening is the forward thinking methods which responds to the threats of climate change and focuses on reducing emissions which occur during modern day gardening practices. Eco-friendly gardening also encourages the absorption of carbon dioxide by plants and soils in order to lessen the effects of global warming.
Whether or not your garden has a productive or purely ascetic purpose there are still small changes which you can make to head towards an eco-friendly garden.
Wild flowers are crucial in helping wildlife across the UK survive, so we caught up with the guys over at Grow Wild to find out about the impact of their work.
Grow Wild is the UK’s biggest wild flower campaign and brings communities together to transform local spaces with native, pollinator-friendly wild flowers and plants. Check out our interview with them below.
Our Interview with Grow Wild
1. Grow Wild is all about repopulating the UK’s wildflower population, having lost 97% of wild flower meadows since 1930. How much of an impact has this loss had on the UK’s wildlife?
This has had a negative impact on local wildlife due to loss of habitats. Pollinators, in particular, are affected due to dwindling numbers of plant varieties.