Starting a series of occasional posts about good things you can get involved in, to help the wildlife in your little patch of wild.
There’s still time to take part in the Great British Bee Count, which runs to the end of this month. Its great for you and great for the bees, as without the firm data on bee numbers and locations very little tends to be changed in policies that can help (or at least stop hindering) bee welfare and numbers. This is nice and simple to get involved with, see a bee, record a bee, send in your findings and there’s even a free app to help you record right where you are. A nice, simple and free way to make a difference and its only for a few days. Go on, join the Great British Bee Count.
If the bee count gives you a taste for recording and you fancy doing a little more then Nature’s Calendar is the place for you! Run by The Woodland Trust this is a fantastic project to be involved in wherever you are. It gets you really looking at and engaging with your environment as you keep an eye out for those first signs of the seasons on your patch. Not only do you get to benefit from the increased awareness as you excitedly look for that first fly agaric toadstool of autumn or the first swifts of spring, but the recordings you make of these things contribute towards one of the most important projects in the whole of the UK. Go on, gives Nature’s Calendar a try, I promise you that you’ll benefit even more than nature does from this one.
Needless to say, both of these projects are completely free to take part in. They couldn’t be made of more WIN!