Heron chicks

The Heron “chicks” are as big as the adults now. 2 active nests on Alexandra Park’s lake-isle this year, with (I think) 2 chicks in each.

heron chicks 2

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Running for Bats in the London Marathon

Steve Parker from the South Lancashire Bat Group is running in the London Marathon today!

If you would like to support him please have a look at his fundraising page to find out why he is running and if you would like to donate.

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BattySteve

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DEFRA has recently approved the use of the A24 trap in England – Hedgehogs at Risk!

DEFRA has recently approved the use of the A24 trap in England. The traps (see http://www.goodnature.co.nz/products/rat-stoat/) are sold to kill hedgehogs (amongst other species), in New Zealand where hedgehogs are a non-native and considered a ‘pest’ species.

Following DEFRA approval, the traps can now be used in the UK.

In the UK, hedgehogs are a protected species through being listed on Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act and may not be trapped without a licence.

Could you please sign the petition by clicking on the link below? It only takes a minute and it will help prevent the nation’s favourite animal – the hedgehog – from suffering further and unnecessarily cruel decline. If the link doesn’t work then please visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website where you wil see the petition at the top of the home page:

http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/

 

Please sign their petition against traps that kill hedgehogs.

 

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/183526

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RSPB Big Garden Watch 2017 Results

RSPB BIG GARDEN WATCH 2017 RESULTS

If you took part in the RSPB Big Garden Watch, or you went to your local park to participate, the national results can now be viewed via the link below:

https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/results?

If you are a local resident who did the RSPB Big Garden Watch in your garden or in Alexandria Park, we would love to hear of your reports and see any photos/videos you took.

Please submit your reports onto this website or email:

whalleyrange4wildlife@yahoo.com

 

 

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Spring Equinox Celebration in Alexandra Park

Continuing our celebration of the changing seasons, the Spring Equinox, which fell on Monday 20th March, was marked with another short friendly informal event in Alexandra Park to connect with natural cycles.

The Spring Equinox is a time when light and dark are in equal balance and the days start to grow longer and the nights shorter.

As the following day of 21st March was the International Day of Forests, the Spring Equinox celebration was held in the woodland area where there are some lovely old trees and a circle of yellow daffodils.

If you would like to join in future seasonal celebrations, please email: whalleyrange4wildlife@yahoo.com

 

 

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International Day of Forests 21st March 2017

banner_en_website920“This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests.

Forests cover one third of the Earth’s land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people – including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures – depend on forests for their livelihood.

Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. They also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities.

They play a key role in our battle in adapting to and mitigating climate change. Forests contribute to the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide and humidity in the air. They protect watersheds, which supply 75% of fresh water worldwide.

Yet despite all these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate – 13 million hecatares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12-20 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

The theme for this year is ‘Forests and Climate Change’ highlights forest-based solutions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, and more broadly forests and sustainability.”

The above text is taken from:

https://www.awarenessdays.co.uk/awareness-days-calendar/international-day-of-forests-2017-03-21/2017-03-21/

Further information is available via:

http://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/

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Spring Has Sprung in Alexandra Park!

Flowers are starting to bloom and birds are starting to build their nests to welcome the new season of Spring which is arriving in Alexandra Park as can be seen in the photos above.

The Spring Equinox falls on 20th March this year and on the 21st March is the UN International Day of Forests.

If you have been out and about in Alexandra Park please send your photos and if  you have any poems or stories to share especially with the theme of International Day of Forests, please send them in and they will be posted on this website for International Day of Forests.  Alexandra Park may not be a forest but it does have beautiful trees. You may want to think about the trees in Alexandra Park. Do you have a favourite tree in Alexandra Park?  Why are trees important to you?

Julie Boyd

 

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