Wiltshire Council is conducting a survey. They want to make it easy for everyone in Wiltshire to influence decisions that will affect their local areas. They are asking you to choose your five priorities from a long list of local issues. Wildlife and biodiversity is half way down the list.Continue reading “Community priorities 2019”
96% of the mammals on Earth are either humans or their livestock.
Usually we would welcome predators into the park; they are a sign of a healthy ecology. We have resident stoats and weasels, foxes and badgers and are happy to know that the park can support them. Domestic cats, like this one that DKG photographed early in the morning in the woods in Village Green, are very different.Continue reading “Cats”
by David Feather
As a reader of this website, you value the Country Park but can you put a financial value on it? I would have thought that it was almost impossible, but the Government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) believes it can.Continue reading “What is the Country Park worth?”
The climate scientists are finally persuaded that Southwick Country Park’s solution to global warming is the right way to go. They should have asked us sooner.Continue reading “Growing trees”
No, we haven’t seen an arctic fox in the park; that would be silly. Instead, here is the irresistible story of a record-breaking journey undertaken by an arctic fox, which demonstrates the resilience and adaptability of all the vulpine species, our common red fox included. It also raises questions, pertinent to everybody, about the effects of the frighteningly rapid loss of arctic ice.
Regular readers may have noticed the addition of grey boxes titled Conservation Status at the end of posts about our flora and fauna and beneath the pictures on the sidebar.Continue reading “Conservation status”
Somebody is STILL trying to drain our boggy patch in Lambrok Meadow. If you know who the Phantom Ditch Digger is, or if you see them in action, PLEASE will you ask them to stop or at least ask them to explain to us why they are doing it; our contact details are here.Continue reading “Phantom Ditch Digger update”
A letter from local ornithologist, David C.
I must say DKG’s Tawny Owl & Kingfisher photos are really good. Tawny Owls seem to be doing okay in Wiltshire and Kingfishers are also widely distributed. They seem very inefficient breeders with only about half the chicks surviving their first Winter from more than one brood each Spring!Continue reading “Notes from the past”
Here is the second in our occasional series attempting to de-mystify the jargon surrounding conservation.Continue reading “Habitat loss”