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Wildlife Gardening

How Bog Gardens Add Nature Appeal

Yellow Iris

By Annette J Beveridge

If you are trying to make your garden more welcoming to nature, think about adding a bog garden. There are so many beautiful plants that thrive in bog gardens and you can make it both beautiful and dramatic. They are perfect for attracting bees, butterflies and other insects. If you have an existing damp area in the garden, this is ideal and if you have a pond, consider adding a bog garden as a feature at the side. They are easy to create and so worth the effort forming a connection between ecosystems.  Here is everything you need to know….

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EcoRIGHTS Environmental

EcoRIGHTS – Making A Stand

Annette J Beveridge

When you look around your local area can you see the so-called signs of progress as new housing developments take over glorious open spaces? Do you find yourself wishing you could turn the clock back to a time when life was simpler and nature thrived?

Ever since the pandemic struck, it is true to say that many people have developed a renewed understanding of the benefits of nature. With life standing still, many of us embraced local walks, listened to bird song, took pleasure in sitting in woodlands or, by rivers and have enjoyed the changing seasons. Nature offered solace and a way to offset anxiety. But although we may recognise the importance of nature, our government seemingly, still does not. The mantra Build, Build, Build says it all. As a nature-depleted country, we cannot afford to lose more land unnecessarily. Right now, there is a lot of promises to protect the environment but very little action. Environmental issues are rife…..here’s why.

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Hiking

Love Hiking? Intensify the Experience with Mindfulness and Meditation

There is no better feeling than embracing life in the great outdoors. To experience nature by immersing yourself within it is therapeutic and it connects you to your intrinsic self.  We are all a part of nature and so, we must feel it and believe in it and live it. This is where the truest benefits are gained. The experience is not just at surface level where we admire the views, but the sense of tranquillity, awe and emotional release is experienced at core level. If you love hiking, you can increase the potency of the whole experience by utilizing mindfulness and meditation. So, whether walking through woodlands or hiking up hills or along mountain trails, use the sensory stimulus all around and draw it deep within. Here’s how.

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British Garden Birds

Blue Tits – Inquisitive Frequent Visitors to the Garden

Blue Tits have long been favourite visitors to the garden. They are so inquisitive and easily encouraged to a bird table or feeding station. Supply them with a variety of food – from mixed seeds, meal worms or fat balls and they will visit regularly.  Blue Tits are highly adaptive, small birds with a short life span generally. On average, they live around 2.5 years but the oldest Blue Tit on record lived for an incredible 21 years. Blue Tits are fascinating….here’s why.

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British Wildlife

Badgers – Up Close and Personal

Two badgers

by Annette J Beveridge

Badgers are iconic creatures and easily recognisable with their characteristic black and white striped faces. Nocturnal, they emerge from the sett at dusk so are not easy to see and this makes any sighting a precious one.  They are widespread throughout Europe and in Britain, more commonly so in the south and west of England. Their natural habitat is deciduous woodland and farmland, but they can even be found around coastal cliffs.

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Environmental

15 Top Tips to Save Planet Earth

Save planet earth

by Annette J Beveridge

We all know that planet earth is under enormous pressure due to the impact of human actions. There is no doubt that we have taken our environment for granted and ravaged all available resources, but we can no longer afford to do this. Gradually, there is awareness that we have a serious and life-changing problem ahead of us and we must all do our bit. But if you are now starting to worry about the impact you are having on this planet, here are some easy-to-incorporate changes so that you can do your bit to save planet earth.

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Environmental

Protecting Peatlands – The True Implications

Peatlands
Peat

by Annette J Beveridge

Our peatlands are of the utmost importance. It is a precious natural habitat and yet, it lacks strong protection. The stark reality is that we have just 10% of this precious habitat remaining in the UK. It is horrifying to consider our natural peatlands being plundered and destroyed to such an event. There are three main types here – blanket bogs, raised bogs, and fens and we have around 13% of the world’s blanket and lowland raised bogs. Change is vital, here’s why.