The charity Plantlife say:-
“Winter blooms have been carpeting many verges of late – hopefully these beautiful swathes of snowdrops, primroses and other botanical beauties are heralding in a blooming year for the UK’s road verges.”
Wildlife Gardening Forum have posted the following message on their facebook page:-
Nurseries supplying garden plants are in trouble due to shopping restrictions on our daily life, and that they may have have to dispose of their spring stock. At this time, as long as these nurseries are abiding by Public Health England rules, then it’s good to support them. Many have lost their key routes to market via garden centres and UK horticulture is starting to suffer. We want these places to be there for our pollinators when this has ended!
We’re therefore starting this thread for anyone to share details of the who is doing what and where, ie still operational and available to order from. Please keep coming back to this post and update as the situation progresses, and if you are a nursery owner, please feel free to add a link to your nursery here. To find this post, go to:
Two Citizen Science Projects :-
OPAL: Nation pollination survey
This survey is listed on the FAQ information sheet for the Welsh Government Bee Friendly Action Plan.
The British Trust for Ornithology “Garden BirdWatch”
Unlike the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, the BTO survey is a year-round commitment. You can just record birds if you like, but in recent years the survey has been extended to include other species of particular interest to wildlife researchers, so you can also record the butterflies and bumblebees in your garden,
The BTO are currently offering FREE membership of this survey. They have already had a fantastic response with 2,500 new members, and counting. They feel that the most appropriate way to make Garden BirdWatch accessible to all is to temporarily waive the £17 subscription. Communication with these new joiners will be exclusively electronic, they are increasing the frequency of the GBW e-newsletter to help with this.
10 ways to connect with nature without leaving your home this spring
The Wildlife Trusts, a UK movement made up of 46 wildlife charities, has compiled a list of ways to tune into the season from your home.
“Spring has arrived in splendid colour and sound,” said Kirsty Paterson from The Wildlife Trusts. “Over the past few days, hundreds of people have told us that they’ve spotted their first butterflies. These are moments of connection with nature that people find uplifting and comforting.”