The recent UK State of Nature Report 2016 pools a range of technical data and gives a more detailed analysis than that given in the first report in 2013. It presents information in terms of groups of species which unfortunately makes for depressing reading. Here we have summarised the report into the context of some of our Gloucestershire species
Despite their spiky exterior (around 5,000 spines!), hedgehogs are one of the UK’s most popular native species. But our nation's hedgehogs are under threat, and numbers are rapidly declining, with only 1 in 5 people having seen one in their garden.
Bees have been suffering a serious decline over the last century, largely due to the loss of around 97% of our flower-rich meadows. They're hugely important pollinators, not just for our gardens, but for our food crops too. The good news is that YOU can help them and other pollinators by doing a few simple things.
Leaves are bursting forth from sleeping trees, and woodland plants are rushing to flower before the canopy closes in - so now's a great time to go for a stroll, enjoy the spring sunshine and wake up that woolly winter head.
A thrush took off from my allotment as I approached with my squeaky wheelbarrow and there, in a flash of brown, was a prime example as to the reason why I garden in a wildlife-friendly way.
Only a few moments before the same thrush would have been busy cracking open snail shells to get at the soft bodies of molluscs that like nothing more than to munch through my tender seedlings later in the spring. I’m hoping this winged snail slayer will return when I’m not around to sort out a few more.