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14:01, 17 JAN 2019
2019 is the year of Green Action
Welcome to 2019, the ‘Year of Green Action’ - as designated by the Government as part of its 25-year Environment Plan.
Salmon in the Stour?
The Tame and the Stour arise from streams running off the hills of the Black Country which are part of the main watershed of England.
Pass the pickled crickets please
There is though a growing interest in providing insect-based foods for people everywhere
Rescue plan for local wildlife
Human activities have destroyed more than half (60%) of the world’s wildlife in the last 50 years.
The missing millions
Thousands of people walked from Hyde Park to Whitehall protesting about the enormous, and continuing, loss of wildlife in this country over the last few decades
A single voice for the environment
There are many ‘green’ organisations in the West Midlands, in both the voluntary and public sectors.
The effects of the gall wasp on our oak trees
If there are any oak trees in your neighbourhood, or your favourite woodland or park, you may have noticed that their acorns don’t look right.
Severn Trent expands green arm with £120m buyout
West Midlands utility has acquired Agrivert which specialises in generating energy from food waste
A clash of lifestyles between us and the Wasp
At this time of the year everyone’s pet hate is wasps, which is a shame because wasps are very valuable insects.
Protection for local wildlife sites
The Wildlife Trusts launched their ‘Act Swiftly Campaign’ and 25,000 people signed their petition.
Birmingham city centre
The city needs a green heart
The campaign for a new 21st Century park in the centre of Birmingham is gaining momentum.
Wild flowers on the verge
When we contemplate our dried up gardens it is easy to think that nature is being destroyed by the heat, but it is of course very resilient.
Birmingham Post Business Awards
Liberty Industries Group promoting sustainability
Industrial and engineering group is backing a new category at the Birmingham Post Business Awards 2018
High Speed 2
High Speed rail and the environment
As High Speed Rail continues with its low speed development there has been a recycling of news about its ecological mitigation programme.
Say no (again) to the Western Orbital road
Plans have been revived to build the so-called Western Orbital road, needed, some say, to cut traffic congestion in Birmingham and the Black Country.
Action is needed to help swift colonies
According to the RSPB swifts are in trouble, with numbers having halved in the last 20 years.
Local wildlife is under threat
Wherever you live in Birmingham and the Black Country you will not be far away from a Local Wildlife Sites.
Success for pesticide campaigners
After years of campaigning by conservationists and following a ban on their use on flowering crops in 2013, the European Union outlawed their use on all outdoor crops.
Charity encouraging people to go out and hunt wild flowers
Compared to previous generations children today are no longer encouraged to pick and play with wild flowers.
What birds are in your garden?
Did you take part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch? Top spot went once again to the house sparrow.
The bird with the golden slippers
A beautiful cousin of the grey heron, the little egret, is now colonising our marshes and wetlands.
What’s in your local ponds?
The Wildlife Trust are asking people to let them know when spawn appears in garden and other ponds.
Wildlife is thriving in some surprising places
Amongst all the doom and gloom about our declining wildlife, it’s nice to have some good news.
Last chance saloon
A petition calling for Birmingham to create a major new park has achieved 5,000 signatures, and people are continuing to sign.