Take advantage of the wonders of winter

Posted on 23rd December 2013

Take advantage of the wonders of winter

 Now that the trees have started to lose their leaves, signalling the start of winter, it’s a great time to head outdoors and capture some wonderful images on your camera for entry into the North East Wildlife Trusts’ photography competition.

And … if you’re lucky enough to find a new camera in your Christmas stocking on 25th December, what better way to test it than photographing all things wild in the region.

Following the success of

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Farm funding decision falls short

Posted on 19th December 2013

The Wildlife Trusts describe today’s announcement on agricultural funding for 2014-2020 as a missed opportunity to boost investment in wildlife-friendly and progressive farming.

 The Government’s decision to initially transfer only 12% from farmers’ direct payments to the budget for environmental and rural growth schemes instead of the full 15% for the full seven year period is disappointing.

Although it is a relief that the status quo is being maintained for which Defra should be congratulated, the fact remains that

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Cameron’s chance to save the countryside’s national treasures

Posted on 9th December 2013

PM must ensure £15 billion of public money is spent on public benefits

Turtle doves, harvest mice, globeflowers, pollinating bees and other much-loved wild plants and animals could disappear from much of the English countryside if the Prime Minister, David Cameron, fails to prioritise the environment when making a key decision next week on how to  spend £15 billion of public money.

This huge sum is destined for English farmers and will shape the future of 69% of the English landscape. 

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‘Wild Things’ support campaign to get kids outdoors

Posted on 5th December 2013

An X-factor winner, two BBC Autumnwatch presenters and Arsenal and England football legend have thrown their weight behind the newly-formed Wild Network campaign to encourage the nation’s parents to swap their kids’ screen time for wild time.

The Wild Network, which was launched in late September, today reached a milestone of 1,000 member organisations – all pledging to encourage kids to play outside more and re­connect with the natural world on our doorsteps [1].

JB Gill from the band JLS, Michaela Strachan,

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Prime Minister must do more for nature, leading environmental groups warn

Posted on 19th November 2013

The Government is failing to deliver nearly a third of its natural environment commitments, despite huge public support for action for nature, wildlife and the countryside.

The Government’s performance in protecting our environment has come under scrutiny in Nature Check 2013,1 a report published today by 41 environmental organisations, under the umbrella of Wildlife and Countryside Link.2

The proportion of nature commitments on which the Government is failing has steadily worsened during its term in office. Areas in which it is falling

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Project Wild Thing!

Posted on 31st October 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Project Wild Thing is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and accessible look at a complex issue, the increasingly fragile connection between children and nature.

David Bond is a filmmaker and a father. Things have really changed since he was a kid. His children are hooked on screens and don’t want to go outdoors. They want iPads, TV and plastic toys. The marketing departments of Apple, Disney and Mattel control his children better than he can. Determined to get

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Go wild and find nature with new iPhone app

Posted on 31st October 2013

Away during half-term and want new places to experience autumn’s wildlife spectacles?  With Nature Finder, The Wildlife Trusts’ new iPhone app, you will have a fabulous guide to thousands of nature reserves and wildlife across the UK!

Nature Finder, the simple location-based app, enables the user to find Wildlife Trust nature reserves and events wherever their current location.  The app uses GPS technology to automatically find the user’s location and display maps and listings of Wildlife Trust nature reserves and events

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Bees, birds and hedgerows at risk

Posted on 31st October 2013

 

 

Public must act to protect nature on farms

28 day consultation asks:  farming with – or without – nature?

This morning the Government launched a consultation on how the Common Agricultural Policy should shape the future of farming and the rural economy in England from 2015-2020.

The Government has given only 28 days for the public to have their say on how 69% of the English landscape is maintained and how farmers can be financially supported to deliver the

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Pilot badger culls fail

Posted on 17th October 2013

Pilot badger culls fail

As the latest results from the pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire are announced, The Wildlife Trusts are renewing calls for the Government to drop badger culling from its proposed strategy to tackle bovineTB in England.

In the six weeks of the pilot cull in Gloucestershire, 708 badgers were killed, representing just over 30 per cent of the estimated local badger population of 2,350.  The Government’s pilot culls had aimed to remove at least 70% of the population. 

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Leaving a natural legacy – a gift for future generations

Posted on 16th October 2013

Leaving a natural legacy – a gift for future generations
Will for Wildlife Week 14 – 20 October 2013

From soaring high kestrels to bee orchids, wildlife is an iconic part of our lives and gifts in wills can help Tees Valley Wildlife Trust protect some of our most precious species and habitats.

 During Will for Wildlife Week, from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 October, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is encouraging wildlife-lovers to leave a legacy that will help protect species and

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