Chris Packham and a number of guest presenters are aiming to raise enough money to plant 100,000 across Britain. The amount they are looking to raise is £150,000.
You can donate in between items such reducing pollution around schools and the best trees to plant in a small garden. You can find out how you can do your bit – there are tips on planting trees at home. Every tree will make a difference.
The Woodland Trust and Channel 5 are aiming to raise this money and you can donate on the Woodland Trust’s website. John Humphrys, Clare Nasir, Martin Hughes Games and JB Gill join Chris Packham, together with experts from the Woodland Trust. Dame Judi Dench is also behind the partnership.
The documentary talks about the essential role that trees play in fighting climate change; and the programme looks at the science of trees, the impact of deforestation around the world (including in the UK) and how trees can help by locking up carbon, fighting flooding and making landscapes more resilient.
I have just read the most terrible news. Koala populations and their habitat have decreased to such an extent that they are now “functionally extinct”.
Forbes.com reports that Chairman of the Australian Koala Foundation estimates that over 1,000 koalas have been killed from the fires. 80% of their habitat has been destroyed, thanksk to bush fires, prolonged drought and deforestation.
Functionally extinct occurs where a population has become so limited that their population is no longer viable. The small number of the surviving animals means that they are unlikely to survive long term.
Koalas eat up to 2 pounds of eucalyptus leaves a day. And bushfires and deforestation has destroyed this main food source. The recovery of such plants after fires will take months – so there will be no food for the koalas.
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has a Go Fund Me page. The hope was is that they would reach $25,000.
So far, they have raised $1.35 million from 35,000 donors.
One of the things they want to do is to install drinking stations for koalas in areas devastated by the fires. And they want to have a Koala Ark so that burned koalas can live in a healthy habitat as they recover.
The hospital are searching for koalas, along with the National Parks and Wildlife Service crew leaders. So far 31 koalas have been brought to the hospital from various fire locations.
Koalas arriving at the hospital are rehydrated and examined for burns. Burns are treated with cream, and then bandaged. Dressings are changed every three days.
The hospital wanted to raise money to buy and distribute automatic drinking stations in the burnt areas to help koalas and wildlife. Now, more will be built, and shared with other wildlife organisations in areas affected by fire. Two will go to the Northern Rivers fire area next week.
The hospital is buying a water carrying vehicle with fire fighting capabilities to replenish the drinking stations with water as they need it.
Thanks to the incredible amount of money raised, the hospital is going to establish a wild koala breeding programme.
The bushfires in and around the Port Macquarie area killed about 350 koalas. 75% of the fireground footprint was prime koala habitat.
As well as donating to help the koalas, we can all do what we can do consider how our life style is impacting on the planet. The human race has caused enough destruction of our natural world. It’s time to do the right thing and put this right.
Wildfires often hit the headlines now, but the media are slow to consider the impact they have on wildlife. Sometimes they say “nobody died” and I really wonder if they are aware of the millions of animals who have been injured or, worst, died in the fires.
And at the moment wildfires are raging, in California and New South Wales.
In New South Wales, they are burning across Port Macquarie. It’s estimated that between 20,000 to 48,000 koalas live both here and in Queensland. They are heading for extinction here as early as 2050.
It’s feared that a large number of koalas may have died in the flames. Others will be homeless as their trees have burnt down; more will be suffering from smoke inhalation or burns.
WWF Australia urgently needs all our support to help restore koala habitat and to care for injured wildlife. Every single koala matters.
WWF have launched a plan to save koalas and to help protect and restore the trees they call home.
The WWF Plan is called Two Billion Trees, and it’s a commitment to secure two billion trees over the next decade. These will provide vulnerable wildlife with safe homes by:
• Stopping excessive tree-clearing • Protecting existing forest and woodland • Restoring and planting new trees
Whatever the outcome for koala numbers, their habitats will need to be restored, both for koalas and other wildlife. The thing about koalas is that they are dependent on trees. They need them for their food, their shelter and their safety. Trees make a difference to koalas. Without trees, they have nowhere to call home.
So the area where the effort is to be concentrated is a koala triangle, between south west Sydney, Gennedah and Noosa. It’s the heartland of Australia’s healthiest wild koala populations, but it’s threatened, not just by bushfires but by development.
The World Land Trust is one of my favourite charities. They save land, acre by acre, thanks to the donations of people and organisations who care.
They’ve been saving habitats (places where wildlife live) and species since 1989, and they HQ is in a small town in Cambridgeshire. And they work with local conservation partners around the world, who understand the needs of local wildlife and people.
Every year, they now have a Big Match Fund Fortnight. This essentially means that any donation you and I make is matched. So any donation you & I make is doubled.
Now, this year’s Big Match Fund Fortnight is up and running – it kicked off on 3rd October and so far, 15% of funds have been raised.
The World Land Trust is aiming to riase £575,000 to rejuvenate a landscape in Vietnam. The money raised will go to the World Land Trust’s local partner, Viet Nature. Viet Nature will begin bringing back tropical forest, so that it’s teeming with rare species.
At the moment, the area is overrun with what’s known in Vietnam as “American grass” since it replaced the forests that were destroyed by Agent Orange. The plan is to rejuvenate the soils, clear invasive grasses, nurture native tree seedlings and then care for them until they are established.
But one of the very exciting things about this project is that the forest will re-connect with nearby reserves such as the Khe Nuoc Trong, so it will become one of the largest remaining areas of Annamite montain forest.
This means that wildlife will be able to find a home in the jungle as it spreads out. Primates such as the Red-shanked Douc and the endangered Sunda Pangolin, the Crested Argus Peafowl and other endangered birds will be able to find habitat to live in.
And of course, the rejuvenated forest will recreate an environment that’s healthy for locals, who depend on fresh water, clean air and livelihoods. In addition, the forest will stabilise soils and lock carbon up, so that will help climate change.
This is an amazing project, and it’s the World Land Trust’s major appeal for 2019. Last year, Jungle for Jaguars in Belize was very successful – let’s hope that all the supporters can do the same for wildlife and people in Vietnam.
The Caledonian Forest is Scotland’s equivalent of the Amazonian rainforest. Today, just 1% of the original area is left, but Trees for Life has already restored large areas in Glen Affric and at the Dundreggan Conservatoin Estate by planting over 1.3 million trees and encouraging natural restoration.
The charity’s Caledonian Pinewood Recovery Project will help to restore 50 acres of remnant pinewoods – mostly ancient 200 year old “Granny” Scots pines which are dying. There are no young trees to succeed them, so the fragments are in danger of vanishing without action.