The London Wildlife Festival celebrating urban wildlife and conservation

The London Wildlife Festival, a brand new event celebrating urban wildlife and conservation, is aiming to bring the very importance of the natural world to “the forefront of conversation and thought”. Walthamstow Wetlands, with its 211 hectares of space and 10 stunning reservoirs, will host the London Wildlife Festival on 10-11 August. Curated by London Wildlife Trust and David Lindo, The Urban Birder, visitors can … Continue reading The London Wildlife Festival celebrating urban wildlife and conservation

Where to volunteer in the UK to help preserve nature, wildlife and the seas

With the preservation of the planet now of utmost importance to people’s lives and many desiring to take action to lend a hand, there are numerous environmental projects that you can get involved in in your local area or even where you choose to take a vacation. Everything from beach clean-ups, river clean-ups, protecting wildlife, planting trees, monitoring animal and plant species, and gardening, there … Continue reading Where to volunteer in the UK to help preserve nature, wildlife and the seas

Afforestt: Creating native, maintenance-free “tiny forests” with huge benefits to the environment

India-based startup Afforestt is helping build natural urban forests that grow in a short period of time and are maintenance-free, using a technique that could accelerate reforestation around the world. Afforest uses the Japanese Miyawaki Technique to create forests that grow 10 times faster than traditional ones, are 30 times as dense and 100 times more biodiverse. The concept is to create a “tiny forest” … Continue reading Afforestt: Creating native, maintenance-free “tiny forests” with huge benefits to the environment

What Adults can learn from Young People’s stance on the Environment

Young people are guided by their intuition which is why their connection to nature and the preservation of the planet is so strong in them. I recently wrote an article about a National Citizen Survey (NCS) which found that 32% of young people in Britain, aged 11-16, believe the environment and air pollution to be […] via What Adults can learn from Young People’s stance on … Continue reading What Adults can learn from Young People’s stance on the Environment

Young people leading conservation project in the Brecon Beacons to help restore the environment

Twenty young people are taking part in the biggest conservation project in the world to be led by youth, where they will be responsible for managing more than 300 acres in the Brecon Beacons to help restore wildlife habitats and develop sustainable farming and forestry. The volunteers, aged between 12 and 17, will be involved in all aspects of managing the Penpont Estate in Powys. Working … Continue reading Young people leading conservation project in the Brecon Beacons to help restore the environment

b-box: Urban-friendly hive aims to encourage the bee population and a colony of home beekeepers

b-box is encouraging people to help the bee population by becoming beekeepers with their compact plywood-enclosed colony – their first ever hive designed for home beekeeping on balconies or in backyards. The b-box, designed by Italian company beeing, is made predominantly of wood that has been cut into panels and layered with polycarbonate to create a warm exterior. Together, these materials form the main structure, … Continue reading b-box: Urban-friendly hive aims to encourage the bee population and a colony of home beekeepers

Plantlife’s Every Flower Counts citizen science project returns for a summer survey

A “citizen science project” which asked gardeners to count wildflowers on their lawn has proven so popular that they are bringing back this month. Plantlife’s Every Flower Counts survey asked gardeners to count the daisies, dandelions and other blooms on their lawn to help experts work out more precisely how important they are for nature. The first survey took place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend … Continue reading Plantlife’s Every Flower Counts citizen science project returns for a summer survey

Sides of a Horn: Short dramatic film aims to tell the story of Africa’s poaching crisis from both sides

Sides of a Horn, a short dramatic film by director Toby Wosskow and executive producer Richard Branson, is the first film to tell the story of Africa’s poaching war from both sides of the fence. The short film, which you can watch below, explores how two men from the same family in find themselves on opposite sides of Africa’s poaching crisis. Based on actual events … Continue reading Sides of a Horn: Short dramatic film aims to tell the story of Africa’s poaching crisis from both sides

TreeTime: New scheme encourages people to donate towards maintaining trees in Edinburgh

TreeTime, a new scheme which encourages people to donate towards maintaining trees in Edinburgh, has been launched. TreeTime is a pilot initiative which aims to increase and maintain the capital’s trees by planting large, prominent trees in streets and parks, to plant replacement landmark trees before the old ones die as well as trees in other public places and urban woodlands, new and existing. Many of … Continue reading TreeTime: New scheme encourages people to donate towards maintaining trees in Edinburgh

Bees and Wasps: What are the differences

Summer months bring with it a plethora of flying creatures including bees and wasps. Bees and wasps are often mistaken for one another because of their similar shape and colour, but on closer inspection they are very different in appearance as they are very different in personality and characteristics too. So what are the differences between bees and wasps? Bees Appearance: Honey bees are oval … Continue reading Bees and Wasps: What are the differences