Crackers!

Christmas crackers spill plastic trinkets onto your Christmas table every year. Nobody keeps them; who even remembers what fell out of their Christmas cracker last year?

It all ends up in landfill with the paper hats. The hats will biodegrade in a matter of weeks but nobody knows how long the cheap petrochemical-derived plastic dinosaurs and whistles will remain in the ground. The best estimates of the time it will take such plastics to biodegrade are anywhere between 5,000 years and never.

Here is Friends of the Earth’s thought provoking video about Christmas crackers.

Kingfisher

A message and a picture from Jay Pickard:

Spotted a Kingfisher this morning over the pond and stream. Great to see!

Thanks Jay, we love to get pictures from park users.


Real or fake?

A lot of people are buying artificial Christmas trees in the belief that it benefits the environment, but environmentalists and energy analysts would beg to disagree. We need only look at a single element of the hundreds of thousands of artificial trees that will be put up and decorated this Christmas: they are all made of plastic.

Continue reading “Real or fake?”

Sunset Gallery

Yesterday the sun broke through the mist just in time for sunset.

Bouncer and Bertie, Dogs of the Week, with Santa’s little helper, Kate. Happy Christmas!

CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Friends of Southwick Country Park will be running a stall at Hope Nature Centre’s Christmas Market today from 11am to 3pm.

Come and visit us; discover more about the park and the people who look after it.

Another Tuesday work party

Tuesday’s work party was devoted to veteran oak tree 5549. We halo our old oaks; this means that we clear away the under-storey that competes for their light and nutrition and build barriers around them to reduce footfall over their roots. Hard work!

Water Voles

We have received reports of water voles in the Lambrok by the footbridge into Lambrok Close. This is very, very good news.

Here is a video to help you tell water voles from brown rats; please keep us informed of any more sightings.

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