Nature lovers in the Burton area will be able to get a glimpse of wildlife in its natural habitat - with the launch of a new reserve on the site of a former quarry. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, the county's largest nature conservation charity, has officially launched its newest nature reserve – Tucklesholme Quarry – and is now hoping nature can thrive on the 130 acre site. The trust bought the wetland reserve, which is situated on the banks of the River Trent near Barton under Needwood, from Aggregate Industries at Christmas in 2013 after months of fund-raising. In 2018 quarrying operations ended at the site and the transformation from quarry to nature reserve began. The site has been restored to a nature reserve providing a home for a number of key breeding species which specialise in an open wetland environment, such as oystercatcher, lapwing, shelduck and common sandpiper. The trust is also hoping bitterns will eventually breed on the site … [Read more...] about Calling all wildlife fans
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Some of Britain’s leading wildlife experts were among the star attractions during a new event at a popular nature reserve near Fakenham.Around 2,500 people are estimated to have attended the inaugural Bird and Wildlife Fair held at the Pensthorpe Wildlife Park at the weekend.And officials are already planning for 2020 in the hope of establishing the fair as a permanent event.Site owner Bill Jordan said: “Our aim was to celebrate Norfolk as the birdwatching capital of Britain, showcase all the extraordinary species we attract here and talk about conservation issues, and I think that we have done just that.“What was lovely to see was how it attracted experienced wildlife enthusiasts, as well as people who just enjoy feeding their garden birds and families who want their children to be inspired and learn about some of the amazing wildlife that calls Norfolk home.”Around 50 exhibitors took part in the fair, which also included a series of guided walks, … [Read more...] about Stars join the crowds at new Pensthorpe wildlife fair
0 Post a comment Saturday, 18 May 2019 - Entertainment The Manx Wildlife Trust is the island’s leading nature conservation charity with more than 300 acres of land as reserves. We are promoters and champions of the wonderful wildlife and habitats in, on and around our beautiful island.This month, we are asking you to keep an eye out for dragonflies and damselflies. No summer outing would be complete without hearing the tell-tale sound of a patrolling dragonfly as it hunts over a nearby pond. Their aerial manouevres rival the fastest military aircraft as they duck and turn in pursuit of prey, or narrowly avoid the clutches of hungry birds. These adaptable insects lord over wetlands, moorland and even woodland glades, feeding on flies, midges and even each other. If you thought butterflies were the only insects worth a second glance, these multi-coloured, iridescent predators demand much appreciation too.What is the difference between dragonflies and damselflies? As a general … [Read more...] about Manx Wildlife Trust: Damsels and dragons
Adding a pond – big or small – is one of the best ways you can help wildlife in your garden and is this year’s Wild About Gardens challenge from The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society, writes Kelly Muldoon, Communications Officer Ulster Wildlife From mini container ponds to larger sunken ponds, it’s ‘the’ garden feature that can make the biggest difference to wildlife. We are losing our ponds, rivers and streams at a rapid rate and only a small amount of our natural ponds and wetlands remain.Many of these are in poor condition and 13 per cent of freshwater and wetland species in the United Kingdom are threatened with extinction. The loss of these important places – to development, drainage and intensive farming – is linked to a huge decline in wildlife, from frogs and newts to insects. Not all is lost. There is a lot we can do in our gardens to help. By digging even a small pond in your back garden or by simply filling … [Read more...] about Why not make a splash for wildlife?
0 Post a comment Friday, 29 March 2019 - Community News The decline in wildlife habitats in the Isle of Man is to be highlighted in an exhibition. The Manx Wildlife Trust display will include evidence from older people about the number of birds, insects and animals they used to see compared with now.A 20-minute film entitled Wildlife Remembered will be shown. It hears from Manx people about the way they remember wildlife in their childhood and how it has changed.The exhibition begins this weekend at the Old Courthouse in Ramsey as part of a British-Isles wide campaign to promote a ’wilder future’ and ’nature’s recovery’.In addition to the films, some family activities at the Ramsey exhibition include a Trophic Tumble Tower, where each block represents a species or habitat.Once too many have been removed the ecosystem will collapse. In addition, Wildlife Silhouettes is an art installation to which children can add their own artwork.As part of the … [Read more...] about Exhibition to highlight the decline in wildlife habitats