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Margaret Mead, American anthropologist, 1901-1978

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    Have you discovered a bee on the floor who looks like they are struggling?  What do you do to help?

    The RSPB says that if you come across a struggling bee, you should place them safely on a bee-friendly flower - but if there aren't any flowers close by, or the flowers have been drained by nectar by other bees , then a boost of a sugar solution can help the bee find their way to a flower that is full of nectar.  

    Take a look at the Beevive revival kit keyring here.

    Well, help is at hand with bee revival kits from Beevive!  The one below is and above, available from the RSPB, is pre-filled with ambrosia® syrup in a small aluminium vial, and it also somes with 5+ uses which are refillable from home - you just follow the instructions.  

    You can find out more and buy a kit here from the RSPB

    Beevive started in 2018, when three friends met a very tired bee, and so created the Bee Revival Kit.  They've since visited schools, hosted workshops and collaborated with businesses to spread the word about how important bees are. 

    Of course, one of the great things we can all do to help bees is to plant flowers that attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.  

    Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has a "Go Potty" campaign to encourage us to do that - you just need a pot to go potty with!  Find out all about it here.





    So after the incredible success of previous events (see below), the World Land Trust's Big March Fortnight 2023 kicked off on the 11th October 2023.

    The appeal was Columbia's Forests of Mist AppealAnd the aim is to secure a future for one of the threatened cloud forests in Columbia.

    UPDATE on 16 February 2024:   £1.15 MILLION has been raised for this project!  SUCCESS!!   Find out more here

    Columbia has some of the largest cloud forest areas in Latin America – and yet it has just 10 to 20% of its original cloud forests remaining.

    Since 2007, Fundación Guanacas has protected 850 hectares of habitat here.  It is a partner of the UK based World Land Trust, who work to support conservation groups around the world.  You can visit the website of Fundación Guanacas here.

    The Columbia Forests of Mist appeal will:

    1. Extend the protected area of land by 181 hectares
      This will mean 1,031 hectares are protected – the ecosystem is threatened by agricultural activity. Pumas roam here – they are safe from human conflict and illegal hunting, but the encroachment of agricultural land could change all this. Without this land purchase, the area could be bought up and used for livestock – and that will make forest fragmentation worse.

    2. Restore 100 hectares of essential cloud forest habitat
      This will be done by planting 36,500 native tree species between 2023 and 2028.  It will reconnect fragmented forests for animals such as the puma, the ocelot and Northern oncilla so that they can move safely, rest and feed.  The pumas’ presence and condition will be monitored by the forest rangers, using camera traps to see what the pumas are up to, and rehabilitated wildlife will be released in the area, too.

    3. Protect habitat of 665 species. 
      15 species are on the IUCN Red List so this project is giving them a lifeline.   Species such as the  Antioquia Brushfinch are here – this species was once thought to be extinct – and so is the Antioquia Chocolate Frog, a tree frog found in northwestern Columbia alone.  This frog needs the torrents and puddles that the damp terrain provides. But a successful appeal will help:
      • 28 Amphibians, of which 3 are threatened species. 
      • 443 birds, of which 6 are threatened species
      • 148 mammals of which 4 are threatened species
      • 46 reptiles – 2 species are threatened
      • Over 250 plant species.  These include 120 recorded orchid species and the area also has the world’s tallest palm tree!

    4. Ensure the health and security of very important water cycles
    Wildlife and local people depend on these, as the cloud forest captures, stores and releases water downstream.

    5. Offer livelihoods to local people through ecotourism and conservation jobs. 
    Nine cabins will be built to host guests, for example, and ecotourism activities will be developed with local communities.   Three forest ranger positions will be held by local people for the first three years of the project and their role will be to plant and nurture trees, monitor camera traps and accompany visitors to the reserve

    The Antioquia Brushfinch is one of the species
    who need this appeal to succeed.

    This is an exciting and important opportunity to support Fundación Guanacas, a partner of the World Land Trust, to expand its Guanacas Reserve which has one of the only cloud forests in its Antioquia region.  Fundación Guanacas needs funds to save land that would suffer deforestation and soil degradation if it were not saved and restored.

    Please support this appeal if you can!

    All about the World Land Trust:

    The World Land Trust is an amazing charity based in the UK, (HQ in Suffolk).  It focuses specifically on conserving threatened habitats and it does this through raising funds for land purchase.  It goes down this route with considerable care, and the land is purchased, protected and managed by local partner organisations. Thus is has the ability to respond swiftly when lands are under threat of destruction.

    So far, the World Land Trust has protected 2,409,420 acres, and planted 2,457,900 trees.   It works in countries such as Argentina, Ecuador, Belize, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, the UK, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Paraguay, India, Guatemala – and lots more!  View their projects here

    It raises some of these funds through a Buy an Acre scheme – a £100 donation can buy an acre of land and protect it for wildlife in perpetuity.  You can also donate (one off or monthly) to the Action Fund which is used to for funds to enable the Trust to respond fast where action is needed, be it to extend and safeguard existing reserves or fight fires, or make sure that the reserves are protected by experienced rangers.

    Every year, the World Land Trust has a huge appeal in the autumn.  It's called Big Match Fortnight...

    All about previous Big Match Fortnights

    In 2022, this appeal was a real opportunity to save Ecuador’s incredible Río Anzu and Río Zúñac forests!  The Life of the Edge appeal launched in October 2022 reached its £1,430,000 target!  Everyone who donated has enabled the World Land Trust's partner  – Foundación EcoMinga – to DOUBLE the size of the Anzu and Zúñac reserves in Ecuador’s upper Río Pastaza watershed.  Read all about it HERE

    Along with donations from EcoMinga’sother supporters, the World Land Trust’s partner would be able to safeguard 5,1234 acres across both reserves, patrolled by the World Land Trust funded Keepers of the Wild.  And – very exciting – they will be linked to a 1.6 MILLION hectare protected network.  

    In 2021, the Trust aimed to raise £1.2 million for the Guardians of Nimla Ha’ – one of their most ambitious appeals to date.  An incredible £1.37 million was raised which enabled the Trust’s partner in Guatemala, FUNDAECO, to complete the purchase to TRIPLE the size of their Laguna Grande Reserve, home to over 700 species.  Manatees, ocelots, 357 bird species, primates, Jaguars, Margays will all be much safer thanks to this purchase.   The reserve tripled in size from 1,668 to nearly 5,000 acres.  Find out more about the Guardians of Nimla ‘Ha appeal here.

    We need to buy these habitats to protect them.  Let conservation be the victor here, not extraction and destruction

    Together we can all make this happen.  Every single donation will make a difference.

    The wildlife need us.   Please let’s take action and donate and/or spread the word!

    We can act as individuals by donating and spreading the word and being a part of a something really important and terrific.  By pulling together, we can power through this appeal and help protect wildlife.

    Visit the World Land Trust’s website for updates and to donate


  3. Back in 1971 on 2 February, the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar which sits on the shores of the Caspian Sea

    Today, the 2nd February is a really important day for people and wildlife, because it’s a chance to highlight how important wetlands are to us all. They are where land meets sea.  The 2nd February is World Wetlands Day.  And in 2024, the theme is Wetlands and Human Wellbeing - if we all understood how important wetlands are to our wellbeing, it will help motivate everyone to care for them and protect them. 


    #GenerationRestoration #ForWetlands

    Where are wetlands?

    Wetlands cover areas such as shores, estuaries, mudflats, floodplains, coastal marshes, local ponds, the bog and pond in your garden, mangrove swamps, seagrass beds, and rivers.  They cover a very small of the earth’s surface – and yet they are one of the most important habitats on our planet.  WWT has lots of information about these areas - you can click to see it here.

    "If rainforests are the lungs of the planet, then wetlands are the lifeblood.  As much as we need air to breathe, we need water to live.   The conservation of our wetlands is essential to all life on earth.”  WWT

    Why wetlands matter to people:

    • They provide us with drinking water
    • They store a third of the world’s carbon emissions
    • They buffer us from floods and droughts
    • They are important for our health and wellbeing


    Please sign the pledge

    ...and help the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust push for the creation of 100,000 hectares of healthy wetlands in the UK to help fight the wellbeing, climate and nature crises.

    Why do wetlands matter to wildlife?

    40% of all plant and animal species live or breed here.

    They are vital breeding and feeding grounds for migratory birds – stopover points, if you like. Banc d’Arguin National Park (Mauritania) is one of the most important zones in the world for nesting birds and Palearctic migratory waders, Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China (Phase I) (China).  These birds use wetlands such as our coastlines to stop, moult, rest, winter or nest.  

    Pantanal Conservation Area (Brazil) is one of the world's largest freshwater wetland ecosystems.

    Sundarbans National Park (India) is formed of tidal rivers, creeks and canals and supports species such as the single largest population of tiger, and aquatic mammals such as the Irrawaddy and Ganges River dolphins, all under threat.

    Mud, mud, glorious mud
    The power of mud....Preventing climate change
    Watch this video from WWT on You Tube 
    to find out what mud can do to combat climate change

    So what’s happening to wetlands in our changing world?

     A recent global IPBES assessment identified wetlands as the most threatened ecosystem. This impacts 40% of the world’s plant and animal species that live or breed in wetlands.

    The official website of World Wetlands Day says "we need to revive and restore degraded wetlands". 

    35% of the world’s wetlands have disappeared in the last 50 years

    Our wetlands are threatened by:

    • Pollution
    • Climate change
    • Dams
    • Over-exploitation 
    • Unsustainable development
    • Invasive species

    So what can we all do to help wetland conservation?

     WWT can create new wetlands in a few months and years – so your support can really make a difference quickly.  But there’s something we can all do to help and you’ll find more links and further resources further down. 

    • Find out why they matter to people and wildlife.
    • See what you can do at home to help wildlife.  Create a (mini) pond in your garden, local area or school - WWT or the RSPB can show you how
    • Visit a wetland close to you if there is one, and spend time there.   Use your senses while you visit.  Listen to the sounds you can hear; look at the sights, smell the scents.  Connect with them.
    • Find out which of your local conservation charities are working to protect and restore wetlands.  How can you get involved and support them?  Many of them will be working on projects which you may be able to get involved with. This could be by volunteering, donating, buying something from their online shop, becoming a member, spreading the word about them - there are lots of ways to help. 
    • #WetlandBiodiversityMatters to see what’s happening
    • Support an appeal for wetlands somewhere in the world
    • Make a pledge to act for wetlands 

    Further Resources

    World Wetland Network – a collection of NGOs and Civil Society Groups all working for wetland conservation

    Wetland Link International – a support network for wetland education centres which deliver engagement activities on site.  The WWT in the UK lead it; it has 350 members over 6 continents!

    RAMSAR –  The Convention on Wetlands is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. 

    World Wetlands Day – held every year on 2 February to raise awareness of the importance of wetlands and how we can all help

    WWT – the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in the UK.   Visit one of their 10 sites around the UK and/or visit their website to see how you can get involved.

    The Global Wetland Outlook – take a look, it’s fascinating reading


  4. UPDATE ON FRIDAY 26 January 2024:
    Unfortunately the Just Giving page shows that the bid has been rejected by the seller.  We can all only hope and pray that whoever has bought the land will consider wildlife and the benefits the area brings to everyone.  Information about obtaining a refund if you've donated is available here.

    UPDATE ON Thursday 25 January 2024:  The bid has gone in and the fundraisers say it is a realistic bid.  They also ask that we keep donating if we can to make sure the funds are there if they are selected as the preferred bidder.

    Now, more on the appeal:

    The Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have been in touch with supporters about a very urgent appeal that a group of community re-wilders in Allestree have for a crucial wildlife habitat called Burley Lane Wood in Derbyshire.

    It’s a small site but the largest urban re-wildling project in the UK.  Birds, bats, small mammals and invertebrates call it home.   It connects Allestree Park and a village, and the aim is to secure the land so that it can stay undisturbed for nature.

    Please help Save Burley Lane WoodPlease help Save Burley Lane Wood

    The wood is up for sale – and the danger is that if it gets into the wrong hands, it could become a development site – so the community group want to buy it, protect it for nature and make sure that future generations can enjoy it.   

    Additional potential donors/lenders are also being followed up. 

    Please support the Burley Lane Wood Appeal if you can and help wildlife keep their home.  They are looking to raise £80,000 by 10am on Wednesday 24 January 2024 - every bit helps.  You can see what a tight dealine this is, so please  help by spreading the word and encouraging everyone to donate.  

    Please donate here through the Appeal's Just Giving page.

    Thank you.

  5. If you can sew, or knit or crochet, then a number of animal charities would welcome your help!

    You'll find a short list of them at AnimalsCharities.co.uk.  The page is called Knitting for Charities but there will be other things you can do to help as well - crochet, sewing - it's just a matter of exploring their information to see what help the charities need. 

    People all over the world are knitting, sewing and crocheting for animals...My Auntie Susan used to knit blankets for the cats at the local rescue close to where she lived in New Zealand, which is what gave me the idea for the Knitting for Charities page.  It's a great way to do something purposeful in those long winter months!