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Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught
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    Two key sites have been given the strongest environmental protections available.

    Allfleet’s Marsh and Brandy Hole, part of the Crouch and Roach estuaries, have now been made Special Protection Areas (SPA)Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and designated as a Ramsar wetland of international importance.

    Both sites provide suitable habitat for wintering water birds such as the lapwing, golden plover, brent geese. And they are an integral part of a continuous network of designated coastal habitats extending north from the Thames Estuary to the Colne Estuary.

    The East coast used to be full of vibrant wildlife but human claims for agriculture, together with the forces of nature (coastal erosion and rising sea levels) have taken their toll.

    The new status of both sites have recognised the importance of new mudflats and saltmarsh to offset the losses over the last 400 years.

    The Government sees this protection as a vital way to achieve their 25 year Environmental Plan, and the thing about protecting the aforesaid area is that it is next to the RSPB’s Wallasea Island Wild Coast project

    Find out more about the RSPB's Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project

    The RSPB is working with partners such as Defra and the Environment Agency to create more coastal habitat for people and nature.

    Approximately 95 per cent of the area of our Sites of Special Scientific Interest and about 60 per cent of the total area of our most important or ‘priority’ wildlife habitats is now in good condition for wildlife or has management in place to restore its condition.

    The Dee Estuary is bursting with wildlife

    The Dee Estuary is bursting with wildlife, including hosting avocets, egrets, harriers, noisy redshanks, swallows and swifts.

    Since 2011 the RSPB has established management on approximately 130,000 hectares of land to create new wildlife-rich habitat in the wider countryside.

     

  2. In Central Mexico, the ancient forests of Sierra Gorda are being destroyed.  They are home to the big cat, the hummingbird, And there’s a chance to save some of them.

    They are full of Pinyon Pines, Junipers, Cedars, Sweetgums, Firs and Oaks – some of them hundreds of years old.  They are home to species such as the Monarch Butterfly and the Big-footed Salamander.  Jaguars, pumas, bobcats, margays, ocelots and jaguarondi live here.

    But the forest is all disappearing, thanks to human activity - agriculture, cattle ranching and man-made fires. Fire has a particularly bad impact – it can take a forest years to recover from a man-made fire.

    Enter the World Land Trust.

    The World Land Trust is working with local, family run Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda to conserve habitat in Sierra Gorda.  In the 10 years they’ve been working together, supporters of the World Land Trust have saved over 10,000 acres of these forests already.

    And there’s more.  Every acre the World Land Trust has protected has remained under the guardianship of its Keepers of the Wild programme, that is, wildlife rangers hired from the local community.  They guard the forests and restore them to their natural state.


    So how can you help?

    You can get involved by – I’ll be frank – making a donation.  I’ve made a donation already and it always makes me feel better and that I’ve had an influence on the world’s forests and been able to do something, rather than sit back and do nothing.

    So imagine spending £25.  And it goes towards saving ancient forests in Mexico.   Isn’t that wild?

    Where will your £25 go?

    The thing is, the World Land Trust has the chance to buy and protect an area of 578 acres in Sierra Gorda.   It needs all our support to ensure this forest can be saved for wildlife.

    You can help and get involved by donating to the World Land Trust’s Ancient Forests Appeal.

    A £25 donation will enable the Trust’s partner in Sierra Gorda to buy 1,000m² and put it under protection.

    A £100 donation will protect one acre.

    This is a very easy way to get involved and do something quickly for wildlife. And to feel as though you’ve made a difference.

    Donate to the Ancient Forests appeal today

     

     

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    Here’s news of a great partnership.

    The RSPB have just joined forces with Barrett Homes.   They apparently are looking to create developments and green spaces that’s friendly to nature.

    Give them a home and they will comeGive them a home, and they will come - as the RSPB advert says

    There's no doubt in my mind that having wildlife in a garden give the place far more colour and life. There's nothing like watching the birds from a corner of the garden take a splash in a bird bath, or feast on the food you've put out for them - or to discover a hedgehog, or watch butterflies flutter from one group of flowers to another.  Honestly, it's like having your own nature show.

    It's so enjoyable watching our feathered friends take a drink or have a bath

    60% of the species which have been monitored in the UK in the last 50 years are declining.   And yet, private gardens in the UK cover about 450,000 hectares of land – an area larger than Suffolk.

    So the potential to create fantastic places for wildlife is huge.  And they don’t need a lot of room, as Butterfly Conservation’s Pot for Pollinators  shows – you just need a pot with a butterfly friendly plant stuck in it and anyone can put that on a patio or balcony. 

    Anyway, back to the RSPB and Barrett Homes.

    They’ve created some advice to help you get started giving nature a home in your garden. 

    The guide has basic steps on how to make your garden wildlife friendly, garden features that will help you make the most of any size garden (so there’ s no need to have a garden the size of Kent to get started), and a full plant guide of what to plant and what not to plant.

    Time for a little something
    Get shopping for the birds at the RSPB's online shop


    So take a look at it – you can DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE from the RSPB’s website HERE.

     
  4. Flicking through the television coming up for the week, the Pick of the Week (according to the Sunday Times)  is Channel 4's Orangutan Jungle School.

    The series charts the lives of orangutans at a rescue centre in Borneo.  

    Back in 2009, the BBC series Orangutan Diary visited the Nyaru Menteng Rescue Centre.   The veterinary team had released 36 apes back into the wild.

    They were taking in many more, however.  These were sick and injured, as deforestation destroyed their homes.  


    Channel 4 has this new series starting up, and the word is that we should be prepared to laugh and cry in the same hour.  

    Don't forget - the Channel 4 series starts on Wednesday 15 August 2018 at 8pm.  

    AND....

    There's a list of orangutan charities here.

    Plus don't forget to wear RED on International Orangutan Day, Sunday 19 August 2018 - find out more here