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Daddy longlegs

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.

Bumblebee collecting nectar from a flower

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

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.

Changes in the UK climate could mean an end to

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.

Cannock Chase

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?

The British Union Flag and the European Flag

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

Waxwings at Nether Whitacre

Sightings of waxwings appearing around the West Midlands

Waxwings are unmistakable, being short-legged, plump birds about the size of a starling.

A housing shortage could see homes built on the green belt

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.

Snowdrops in bloom

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.

Sunshine in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston

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 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.

Cannock Chase

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.

A Hedgehog

The worrying decline in Hedgehog numbers

Rural Hedgehog populations are down by a half, and urban populations are down by a third.

House sparrow.

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.

A wild badger in woodland

Badger or Scapegoat?

The Government has announced an extension of the badger cull in its efforts to eradicate bovine TB.

The British Union Flag and the European Flag

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.

A painted lady butterfly

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.

A hazel dormouse.

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.

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