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Winning wildlife in Birmingham
The Wildlife Trust has won a national award for their leadership of the Nature Improvement Area.
The direct benefits of nature to our physical and mental health
Access to natural greenspaces, parks and gardens helps to reduce stress, improves your mood and reduces social isolation.
Vast reduction in insect numbers indicative of declining nature everywhere
The vast reduction in insect numbers is indicative of generally declining nature everywhere, from birds to elephants, and wildflowers to frogs and toads.
The ways in which you can help our bee population
If you want to help bees in your garden, it would be best to grow plants from seed, or obtain them from an organic nursery or other trusted source.
Fox hunting while the Earth burns
We might have hoped environmental issues would be to the fore during the next general election instead we got the Prime Minister saying she favours fox hunting and will re-open the debate.
The impact of climate change on our gardens
Although nature is resilient, and will naturally adapt to changing conditions, the bits of nature we enjoy may radically change.
Political support towards the environment is essential
Is there any political commitment to environmental protection and improvement, or is everything being done at grass roots level?
Brexit is a time for change
Many of our most valuable wildlife sites are only protected in a European context which will no longer apply after Brexit
Sightings of waxwings appearing around the West Midlands
Waxwings are unmistakable, being short-legged, plump birds about the size of a starling.
Can we provide places for both people and wildlife to live in the next few years?
Space needs to be found in and around Birmingham and the Black Country for tens of thousands of new houses over the next few years.
Glimmers of Spring are starting to show
The natural world, including local wildlife, does its best to cheer us up in what has been a very gloomy January.
Natural environment essential to achieving 2020 Vision for Birmingham
Local conservationists are calling on everyone in the region to pledge to protect and improve Birmingham's natural environment.
The lungs of the city
Peter Shirley assesses the potential fallout from council budgets cuts and their possible impact on Birmingham's green and open spaces
The blackbird should challenge the robins' Christmas monopoly.
There are about 5 million breeding pairs of blackbirds in this country, and by Christmas they will have been joined by up to five million individuals from Scandinavia and northern Europe.
Could the West Midlands Combined Authority prioritise caring for the natural world?
When will we see the Minister for the Environment reviewing the state of the natural world and bringing forward ambitious plans for its improvement.
Brownfield sites are the perfect pop-up for nature
The best of our brownfield sites have been described as 'Britain's rainforests' because of the variety of wildlife, rare and common, that colonises them.
Bats are the other stars of the night sky
Wild About Gardens Week, jointly organised by the Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society, focused its attention onto bats.
The worrying decline in Hedgehog numbers
Rural Hedgehog populations are down by a half, and urban populations are down by a third.
Worrying report is a stark warning to the state of our wildlife
The nation's nature conservation organisations have published a worrying report on the overall health of our wildlife.
Badger or Scapegoat?
The Government has announced an extension of the badger cull in its efforts to eradicate bovine TB.
Dog Days could be near for British wildlife
There is an opportunity now to reform and improve the ways we reward those who manage land for helping wildlife; equally there is a huge risk that the imperfections of the present system will be used as an excuse to dismantle the whole process.
No satnav required for the Painted lady butterfly
Painted lady butterflies migrate every summer from Africa and southern Europe to the British Isles and beyond, sometimes reaching Iceland.
Whispers in the Woods
As Andrea Leadsom's new brief includes support to farmers, currently delivered through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), wildlife should perhaps be worried.
Artificial grass is flawless, flowerless and soulless
Garden lawns, which can be turned into mini-meadows, are now under threat from artificial grass.