Miles King - The People marched, quietly, fiercely, joyfully, through the West End of London. #PeoplesWalkForWildlife
Two and a half years ago I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the very first steps toward the now 'Building with Nature' Standards, recently launched by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. These standards have been a long time coming and are a fantastic medium to support the creation of high-quality green infrastructure throughout the … Continue reading The Launch of ‘Building With Nature’
Public space is so important for the health and well-being of our communities, our wildlife and for the environmental sustainability of our cities. This TEDx Talk highlights fantastically what can be achieved to meet the needs of everyone, as well as economic prosperity. Adrian Benep, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for … Continue reading The Power of Sustainable Design in Public Green Space
Whilst much focus lies on renewable energies, the long-term environmental impact of solar farms is still in relative infancy compared to wind turbines and hydropower. But with an appropriate land management plan, solar farms have incredible potential to support wildlife whilst contributing to national biodiversity targets - becoming undisturbed havens for wildlife across the UK. There … Continue reading Can ground mounted solar farms be wildlife havens?
Over recent years we have seen strong evidence that suggests investing in green infrastructure can promote economic growth as well as human health and well-being, not to mention support a diverse range of plant and animal species. But as habitat loss continues to be extensive and rapid with agricultural intensification and increasing land take for housing and infrastructure development, … Continue reading Greening the Grey – making the most of our urban green spaces
On the 14th September, we saw David Attenborough release the second State of Nature report. Sadly, just like the first report back in 2013, it depicts the harrowing truths behind the ongoing declines to our biodiversity across the UK with intensive farming surging to the top of the list of reasons for the severe loss of species. This devastating … Continue reading The State of Nature – How you can help
Research from the University of Essex determined that a simple five-minute dose of nature can have a significantly positive effect on self-esteem and mental health. The study looked into over 1250 people, analysing their activities, such as fishing, cycling, horse-riding, walking and gardening. Stress and Mental Health With the increasing pressures on modern-day lifestyles, mental … Continue reading Boost your health in 5 minutes
Despite working as an ecologist, I spend the majority of my life tied to an office chair, with my eyes glued to a computer screen. When I am not there, it's dusk (or dawn) and I have my eyes glued to a tree or building feature awaiting the emergence or re-entry of a tiny bat that may … Continue reading Embarking on Wild Weekends
On the 12th April 2016, ZSL hosted a panel discussion on the controversial subject of Natural Capital. We heard from three individuals, chaired by Jonathan Porritt, all of different mindset toward the subject. The debate was powerful and captured new lines of thinking that hadn’t been drawn out in the multitude of previous debates. This … Continue reading Natural capital: what’s in it for biodiversity?
So a date has been set for the EU Referendum - Thursday 23rd June 2016 - and I feel nervous, very nervous. As a student, I learnt about the laws that govern Britain's environmental management, many of which are driven by Europe and our subsequent membership. Yet, my relative inexperience in applying these laws means … Continue reading What does the EU do for Britain and for Wildlife?