The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country are working in partnership with Birmingham City Council’s Naturally Birmingham Future Parks Accelerator Programme and the local community to fundraise for The Dawberry Fields Reptile Project.
The Trust are aiming to raise £2,000 to create habitats that will enable slow worm and common lizard to thrive by installing banks and stones that will provide safe places for these protected species to bask and hibernate. The project will also provide a home for a range of other wildlife with the creation of wildflower areas.
Parks are important green spaces for local communities, and Dawberry Fields has been described as a ‘a hidden gem’ by local resident Kim who enjoys watching wildlife from bats to butterflies at this urban park. The Trust hope that Kim will be able to add slow worm and common lizard to her wildlife watching list as a result of the project.
Donations can be made by visiting https://justgiving.com/campaign/DawberryFields or by texting DAWBERRY to 70085 to give £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text DAWBERRYNOINFO to 70085.
New Online Tree Training
Do you love trees and want to know more?
Do you work with trees and want a qualification?
SEG Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture
Learn the theory behind:
Supply, planting and aftercare
Basics of tree surgery
No previous experience needed.
First course starts April 2021 Deadline for applications 28 February
Course lasts 30 months with online tuition at weekends and evenings.
McLaughlin & Harvey, lead contractor at the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment, has announced a second round of the You Matter Communities scheme – with a focus on tacking the local impact of COVID-19.
The scheme, open to all Birmingham-based community organisations, offers support to local communities, such as volunteer time, small grants, and the use of excess materials from the construction process.
February Virtual Fundraiser Networking Event
There has never been a greater need for fundraisers to get-together and share knowledge and experience. So, join this free event for a cuppa and a good old natter!
When – Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 10:00am
Where – Zoom – a meeting ID and password will be emailed to you prior to the event
Helping our Hedgehogs with the Hedgehog Friendly Campus
The number of hedgehogs in urban gardens has decreased by 30% since the year 2000. This recent decline has been attributed to loss of hedgerows, greater usage of pesticides, litter, impermeable garden fencing and walls, and busy roads causing mortalities.
You can really help boost hedgehog numbers by following a few simple tips which can be found by clicking here!
Can you spot any of these habitats for hedgehogs around Birmingham’s green spaces during your daily exercise?
The launch was made at the recent Virtual World Parks Congress - hosted by World Urban Parks, and on the opening day of the conference attendees took part in a virtual presentation that demonstrated the accessibility and content of the Hub whilst also seeking feedback and recommendations for further resources.
The Hub mainly draws on existing resources from parks organisations around the world such as City Parks Alliance (USA), Park People (Canada) and The Royals Parks (UK). Resources are arrange in two filters: First under the Green Flag Award criteria headings, and second by resource type for easy searching and filtering across the platform.
The People & Nature Survey for England
The People and Nature Survey gathers people’s views and experiences of the natural environment and how it contributes to our health and wellbeing.
The latest monthly interim indicators (experimental statistics) are available for November 2020. The results show that in November almost two-thirds of the adult population had visited a green and natural space in the last 14 days, however a quarter had not spent any time in these places over the same time period’.
To view the full set of results of the survey, click here.
Natural Capital of New Woodlands
A first of its kind study has provided quantitative evidence of the natural capital benefits of planting new woodlands in the UK. Commissioned by Scottish Forestry, woodland management firm Tilhill and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the study assessed a newly planted mixed woodland site.
The woodland, located at Larriston, the Scottish Borders, was then valued to measure its natural capital potential over the next 50 years. Natural capital is the stock of natural resources, including plants, soils, air, water and greenspace, which all combine to provide benefits to people.
In addition to future revenues from selling harvested timber, the analysis revealed substantial benefits for society through CO2 removals, flood alleviation and biodiversity from modern-day forestry.
The key future benefits were valued at around £20 million in today’s prices, which included almost 200,000 tonnes of timber, just under 150,000 tonnes of CO2 removals, and almost 3 million m3 of water stored in the forest.