Austrian solar farm deploys sheep to assist with rewilding efforts and to mow grass

An Austrian solar farm has deployed sheep to assist with rewilding efforts and to mow the grass around the panels. The Vienna-based Schafflerhofstrasse PV plant has brought in 90 sheep to trim the 12-hectares of grass around the solar panels. The solar panels, whose electrical components are installed in a sheep-safe manner, are higher off the ground than normal enabling the panels to also serve as shelter … Continue reading Austrian solar farm deploys sheep to assist with rewilding efforts and to mow grass

New walking route in North Wales aims to restore local meadows and boost wellbeing of locals

A new wellbeing walk that aims to restore and reconnect people to local meadows has launched in Bangor, North Wales. The Meadows Health Route – created by Plantlife in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital and North Wales Wildlife Trust – runs between the general hospital to nearby Eithinog Meadows, a semi-urban oasis owned and managed by the North Wales Wildlife … Continue reading New walking route in North Wales aims to restore local meadows and boost wellbeing of locals

Councils in England aim to lease seabed from Queen to create carbon-capturing kelp forest

Two councils in England are set to lease the seabed off their coasts from the Queen in a pioneering project to grow a kelp forest that will capture tonnes of climate-warming carbon and restore marine habitat. Adur & Worthing Councils in Sussex are set to become the first local authorities in the UK to lease the seabed off their coast from the Queen. The historic … Continue reading Councils in England aim to lease seabed from Queen to create carbon-capturing kelp forest

UK to pilot greater protections for England’s waters under designated “Highly Protected Marine Areas”

The UK Government has launched plans to increase protections for England’s waters through a pilot scheme to designate marine sites in England as “Highly Protected Marine Areas”. The selected sites would see a ban on all activities that could have a damaging effect on wildlife or marine habitats. The sites to be piloted could be in or outside of existing Marine Protected Areas where they would … Continue reading UK to pilot greater protections for England’s waters under designated “Highly Protected Marine Areas”

Beauty brand Dove to help protect and restore 20,000 hectares of forest in North Sumatra

Unilver beauty brand Dove has joined forces with Conservation International to protect and restore 20,000 hectares of forest in North Sumatra, Indonesia over the next five years. North Sumatra is home to some of the richest biodiversity in the world. The Dove Forest Restoration Project – which will target the South Tapanuli and Mandailing Natal districts – supports Conservation International in its agreement with the … Continue reading Beauty brand Dove to help protect and restore 20,000 hectares of forest in North Sumatra

Conservation of marine life in the UK Overseas Territories receives £8 million funding boost

The conservation of threatened species such as whales, marine turtles and sharks will receive a boost in funding of over £8 million for projects, the UK Government announced today [Saturday 5 June 2021] on World Environment Day. Over the next three years, 31 projects will receive £8.02 million through the Darwin Plus scheme for conservation of environments found in UK Overseas Territories. Habitats and species … Continue reading Conservation of marine life in the UK Overseas Territories receives £8 million funding boost

Happy World Environment Day!

The theme for World Environment Day 2021 is Ecosystem Restoration. This year’s World Environment Day will also see the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Today, people around the world will showcase their efforts to restore the natural world, from tree planting in India to beach clean-ups in Hong Kong and community clean-ups in Kenya. Many more are joining in on social media, taking … Continue reading Happy World Environment Day!

Madrid’s “green belt” makes a comeback after 500 years or so

Madrid is one of several major cities, from Bangkok, Thailand to Medellin, Colombia, that are attempting to re-green themselves. The Madrid effort comes just ahead of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global push to revive natural spaces lost to development. The municipality of Madrid has launched a drive to connect a series of existing woodlands, creating a 75km-long green belt around the city of 3.3 … Continue reading Madrid’s “green belt” makes a comeback after 500 years or so

Solar-covered California canals could advance both water conservation and renewable energy, report says

Solar panels covering California’s 6,350 km network of public water delivery canals could be an economically feasible means of advancing both renewable energy and water conservation, new research has found. Researchers from UC Santa Cruz published a new study, in collaboration with UC Water and the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced, which estimates that canopies of solar panels, installed over canals, could save … Continue reading Solar-covered California canals could advance both water conservation and renewable energy, report says