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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