Buglife are running two Bumblebee Identification Courses with the Essex Field Club, at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Chafford Gorges Nature Park.
The Bumblebee ID course days will consist of a morning classroom session on bumblebee ecology and identification, led by the Essex invertebrate expert, Peter Harvey, followed by a walk around the site to practice the new identification skills. It will also include a session on how to use your new skills to help national bumblebee recording schemes. This is a great opportunity to learn some new skills and contribute to the conservation of bumblebees in the county. You don’t have to be a regular visitor to the site at all, as the survey methodology and recording can be used anywhere to produced valuable information for Bumblebee Conservation Trust
o The courses are £10, with all of this going to the Essex Wildlife Trust’s Chafford Gorges
o Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided
o There are two workshops, but they will be the same content so you only need to go to one unless you’re especially keen!
o The two dates are Saturday 23rd July and Saturday 13th August, both running from 10am until 4pm
o To book, please call the Chafford Gorges Nature Park on 01375 484 016
Unfortunately I haven’t heard a dicky-bird from anyone re this trip except for Mike.
Details are as follows:
Saturday 16 July: Visit to Paternoster House, Tiptree, 10.30 for 11am (car share)
Can you please let me know who will be coming, who is car-sharing, who needs a lift and from where, etc. as Julia Bradley needs to know so that she can bake enough cakes!
Paternoster House is described on the NGS website as a ‘Peaceful 5 acre garden rescued from a derelict state some 15 yrs ago. It has an enclosed flower garden, two meadows, orchards of apples, pears, stone fruit, mulberry trees and peaches. It has an ornamental kitchen garden with raised beds and extensive lawns with large shrubberies. There are some rare and unusual shrubs (large collection of viburnums) and plants, young and mature trees and three beautiful ponds.’
Tea is £1.00 per cup and cakes are £2.00 per slice; entrance fee, £5.00 per head. Philip Fawcett, our soft fruit speaker back in November, will be able to come along and kindly show us around. All proceeds will go to the National Gardens Scheme:
I think it’s fair to say that the last month has knocked many people’s confidence in the Britain they know and love.
From the brutal murder of Jo Cox, to some of the toxic images and messages distributed during the Referendum campaign, as well as the reports of hostility and even hate crimes against Europeans living and working in Britain since the announcement of the result, there’s a feeling that something has changed for the worse.
It would be a huge mistake to assume that the vast majority of people who voted to leave the EU were motivated by racism. People voted to leave for a whole number of reasons, only some of which were related to concerns about immigration.
In fact, there is a danger that such an assumption will actually push people from working-class communities who voted heavily for Brexit towards the politics of fear and hate at the very time we should be reaching out and helping them step away from such negativity.
Later this week, HopeNotHate will launch a campaign called#MoreInCommon to bring divided communities together and challenge the narratives of fear and hate.
The campaign will include:
– Holding over 100 meetings across the country, to develop plans to bring communities together around the #MoreInCommon theme
– Building solidarity with communities under attack and calling on the authorities to do more to defend them and demand that EU migrants have a right to stay in this country.
Monday July 11 7pm-9pm at Westcliff United Reformed Church
More details to follow soon.
See the facebook event page.