June, 2011

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Bugs, Birds and Beasts in the East

All of our up to date fun and frolics in the East from office antics to great conservation stories and those magical connections with nature.
  • Farming fuming

    Blogger - Erica Howe, Communications Manager

    It’s been a shocking week to say the least! And it’s only Tuesday!

    The RSPB announced today that the EU are planning to sever a rather important leg from our Common Agricultural Policy. That all sounds rather jargonny I know so i’ll try to make it as simple as possible. Our old friend Mark Avery couldn’t have put it better himself.

    Farmland covers a whopping 75% of our region and is a vital part of the ecosystem for some our most loved (and threatened) wildlife. If  President Barroso makes this decision, the money that goes directly into conservation and farming  to ensure that our countryside stays fit for wildlife will vanish, along with our turtle doves, our skylarks and many more species along the way.

    I for one, couldn’t think of a worse scenario to be in. It worries me greatly that our European leaders think that this is a GOOD idea! If our UK farmers were to lose this vital stream of income and organisations like the RSPB were to lose funding for major species and habitat recovery projects because of this short-sighted approach, then we can all kiss goodbye to a countryside full of birdsong for our grandchildren.

    There is something we can do. By signing this e-action you will be pledging your support to the RSPB and perhaps we can get this decision reversed.

  • Swifts, Swallows & House Martins - I am a bit clueless

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer

    I don't know about you but I have loved having our summer visitors here. As they soar overhead in the evening I wish I knew a little more about which was which – I know it shouldn’t really matter and I should be happy to just enjoy their flirtatious skirting of rooftops. There is something maybe geeky or nerdy about it, identifying something, giving it a name, putting it in its place in the world. Maybe it is just so that you can turn to that bloke at the bus stop or your nearest and dearest and confidently say “Look there, the swifts are flying high this evening” (thinking about it that sounds like some John Le Carre detective password).  So after a bit of digging in my trusty bird book (easily purchased online) and with my more birdy colleagues I came up with some simple ways of telling our usual suspects apart.

    House Martin – prominent white on the belly, smallest of the three (but that is only helpful if they line up next to each other in a Red Arrows type formation)

    Swallow – very defined forked tail and red on the head

    Swift – dark all over, wings are long and scythe-like

    So I hope that helps and watch this space for more news on these great birds...

    SWALLOW. Credit: Mike Langman (rspb-images.com)

    HOUSE MARTIN. Credit: Mike Langman (rspb-images.com)

    SWIFT. Credit: Mike Langman (rspb-images.com)

    For more information about swifts take a look at http://www.rspb.org.uk/thingstodo/surveys/swifts/


  • L.O.V.E 101 Hours to go.

    Blogger: Adam Murray, Communications Officer

    I am having a Moulin Rouge moment.

    I blame Erica for coming in this morning and saying that she was serenaded by her fella Moulin Rouge style. I am a bit of a Baz Luhrmann fan and sucker for a good song medley.

    Love is a many splendid thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love. In the name of love. I will always love you. How wonderful life is now you’re in the world.

    I am getting married this weekend - my brother reminded me by sending me a text alerting me that I have 101 hours to go. What a new chapter in my life? More adventures to be had with the most special lady in my life (sorry for the sentimentality but you’ve got to give me a break I am getting married in 101 hours). The lady I love with all my heart.

    Got me thinking about love, the way you have a love for friends, the other love you have for family, the love you have for the things that matter to you. The world is a wonderful place and I really do love what it offers us up every day. A sunset, soaring swifts, flitting damselflies, a shaded woodland, the sunshine warming the back of your neck.  It is good to be sentimental, appreciate the good times. However, it is also important to not sit back and be apathetic. If you love something you need to fight for it particularly when it needs your help. Love nature? Me too. So let us do something about it otherwise it may not stay this way, and that would be a very sad thing. In the words of Nicole Kidman “Don’t leave me this way”. A world without natural wonders, surprising you when you least expect it would be heart breaking. So let’s get involved, time is ticking. And remember, LOVE changes everything.

    Photo Credit: Richard Revels (rspb-images.com)

    Photo Credit: Sue Kennedy (rspb-images.com)

    Photo Credit: Mark Hamblin (rspb-images.com)