Blog Blog listing, showing all blog posts. en <a href="/blog/jane-craven/ecosystems-bringing-our-woods-back-balance" hreflang="en">Ecosystems: Bringing our woods back into balance </a> Ecosystems are out of balance and bringing pine martens back into our woods is just one way we can realign that natural balance. Mon, 29 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Jane Craven <a href="/blog/forest-holidays/forest-holidays-ranger-blog" hreflang="en">Forest Holidays Ranger Blog</a> In this Marten March themed blog we&#039;re getting to know Gerry O&#039;Brien from Forest Holidays, one of our Project Pine Marten partners, and his love for pine martens with his incredible fundraising mission of running a series of endurance events replicating the distance of the marten translocation from Scotland to Gloucestershire. Mon, 22 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Gerry O'Brien <a href="/blog/cornwall-wildlife-trust/what-do-latest-defra-btb-proposals-mean-farmers-cattle-and-badgers" hreflang="en">What do the latest Defra bTB proposals mean for farmers, cattle and badgers?</a> Defra’s latest proposals for bovine TB eradication in England are currently out for consultation and include plans to change the badger cull policy and cattle testing regimes. This is an issue we work closely with other Wildlife Trusts on so we wanted to share Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Head of Conservation, Cheryl Marriott’s blog. Wed, 17 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Cornwall Wildlife Trust <a href="/blog/ben-robinson/forestry-england-blog" hreflang="en">Forestry England Blog </a> For over 100 years, Forestry England have been growing, shaping, and caring for our nation’s forests. Mon, 08 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Ben Robinson <a href="/blog/dr-cat-mcnicol/marten-march" hreflang="en">Marten March</a> Welcome to the month of martens. The month where you will discover how much there is to know about pine martens…and in fact…all of our native mustelids. These lengthy, fluffy critters have so much more to them than being extras in The Wind in the Willows. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Cat McNicol <a href="/blog/roger-mortlock-chief-executive/wildbelt-severn" hreflang="en">A ‘Wildbelt’ for the Severn?</a> We’ve got less than ten years to begin reversing the declines in wildlife across the UK. If anything focuses the mind, it’s that. We know that what we’ve been doing so far in Gloucestershire, while amazing, is not enough. We’ve got to up our game. That feels daunting, but we know we can’t do it alone. Mon, 22 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Roger Mortlock, Chief Executive <a href="/blog/dr-josie-bridges-pine-marten-conservation-officer/hindsight-2020" hreflang="en">Hindsight is 2020</a> As our translocated martens make there way through their second winter here in the Dean (and their third lockdown!) we thought we’d look back on the past 12 months of the project. Mon, 15 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Josie Bridges, Pine Marten Project Officer <a href="/blog/will-masefield/hopes-wilder-2021" hreflang="en">Hopes for a wilder 2021</a> The advance of last year left many of us reeling in its excremental wake. Some of us faced tragedy, many of us real hardships and all of us, I would venture, some measures of stress and anxiety. But embedded in the ordure, there have been glimmers of hope for a better, more sustainable and wilder future. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Will Masefield <a href="/blog/dr-cat-mcnicol/food-glorious-food" hreflang="en">Food Glorious Food</a> As we finish off our selection box chocolates and the leftover cheese from Christmas, let’s delve into pine marten diet. Here, we look at martens&#039; favourite foods throughout the year and how they are equipped to catch it. Pass the chutney…<br /> <br /> Mon, 18 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Cat McNicol <a href="/blog/amanda-lawrence/accidental-conservationist-naming-names" hreflang="en">The Accidental Conservationist: naming names</a> When I was a child, my parents made me go for walks with them in the countryside. It was not my favourite activity: for me, the best bit of the walk was the point when we turned back. Despite this, a habit was formed which I’ve never lost. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Lawrence <a href="/blog/dr-gareth-parry/environment-act-once-generation-opportunity-wildlife" hreflang="en">The Environment Act: a once in a generation opportunity for wildlife. </a> Lots of people get in touch with the Wildlife Trust with concerns about wildlife or habitats near to them being disturbed, damaged or destroyed. Most assume that such acts must be prohibited by law and people are incredibly surprised to learn that invariably this not the case. The Environment Act is a once in generation opportunity to strengthen protection for the UK’s wildlife and embed nature’s recovery in law. Mon, 04 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Gareth Parry <a href="/blog/dr-cat-mcnicol/2-turtle-doves-and-marten-beech-tree" hreflang="en">2 turtle doves… and a marten, in a beech tree</a> ’tis the season to be jolly….but are the pine martens decking the halls or do they know its Christmas time at all?<br /> Mon, 21 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Cat McNicol <a href="/blog/amanda-lawrence/accidental-conservationist-making-friends-dark" hreflang="en">The Accidental Conservationist: making friends with the dark</a> My year is bracketed by beetles. Glow worms (see previous blog) mark the end of spring and the arrival of summer. But when the leaves turn and the tawny owls begin calling and the nights start to draw in, that is the time of the rugged oil beetles. Have you met them? They are delightful creatures, ideal subjects for the non-expert nature-lover. They move slowly, are not unduly fazed by humans and best of all, like glow worms, they are absolutely distinctive. Once you’ve seen one, especially if you see them move, you’re unlikely to mix them up with other beetles. The only difficulty for the rugged oil beetle hunter is that they are mainly active at night. Mon, 14 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Lawrence <a href="/blog/lorna-fox-head-community-programmes/green-social-prescribing" hreflang="en">Green Social Prescribing</a> Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Head of Engagement and Learning, Lorna Fox, has been deeply involved in health and wellbeing in the natural environment work for the last 20 years. Here she outlines how important it is for the organisation and the county. Mon, 07 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Lorna Fox, Head of Engagement and Learning <a href="/blog/tim-bevan/farming-nature" hreflang="en">Farming with nature</a> In a different time, as a farm manger for a well-respected university farm, my work examined the small efficiencies we could make to produce more per cow per sheep or per hectare. We paved the way for new ideas to produce food that used the latest technologies in breeding, feeding and understanding farm animals. There was little time in this process to sit back and ask the question ‘Is there another way that we could do this that could have a wider benefit to the environment?’ There was little contact with the ecologists at the university until I did something wrong. Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Tim Bevan <a href="/blog/dr-josie-bridges-pine-marten-conservation-officer/fantastic-beasts-and-where-find-them" hreflang="en">Fantastic beasts and where to find them</a> Josie, pine marten project officer, tells us about pine marten residential preferences and how we can make habitats more attractive for pine martens to den in… Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Josie Bridges, Pine Marten Project Officer <a href="/blog/amanda-lawrence/accidental-conservationist-seeing-light" hreflang="en">The Accidental Conservationist: Seeing the light</a> ‘A ribbon of lights’<br /> <br /> One summer night in 1919 a young girl walking home across the Slad Valley collected enough glow worms along the way to decorate her straw hat with &#039;a ribbon of lights&#039;. <br /> I came across this story in 2015 while researching an art project themed around the changing landscape and wildlife of the valley where I live and work. A number of questions arise from this, including what our heroine was doing walking home on her own at glow worm time (well after 10.30 pm on most summer nights), but the one which came to mind at the time was just: ‘Glow worms?? Really?’ I had no idea that the UK hosted any wildlife so exotic, still less that they had once lived here, on my own ground. <br /> Fri, 30 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Lawrence <a href="/blog/lydia-galbraith/confessions-pine-marten-fanatic" hreflang="en">Confessions of a pine marten fanatic</a> Our long-term volunteer and seasonal field assistant Lydia Galbraith gives us an insight into her work, and new-found obsession, with pine martens in the Forest of Dean. Mon, 26 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Lydia Galbraith <a href="/blog/roger-mortlock-cheif-executive/planning-reform-good-bad-and-ugly" hreflang="en">Planning reform – the good, the bad and the ugly</a> This job has given me renewed respect for certain professions. The noble role of the Planner is one of them. Planners get a bad press. But when development is in the right place, designed with quality in mind – and where the environment is seen as a benefit rather than something to manage – the results can deliver gains for wildlife and people. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Roger Mortlock, Chief Executive <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/laurie-lee-wildlife-way" hreflang="en">Laurie Lee Wildlife Way</a> Many people head for the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales to walk within awe-inspiring landscapes, but equally breath-taking views are ours to enjoy much closer to home. The Laurie Lee Wildlife Way lies close to Stroud but is a world away from the hustle and bustle of town life.<br /> <br /> This five-mile circular walking trail covers much of the picturesque Slad Valley, passing verdant slopes, crossing small rivers and streams and meandering through small woodlands, all of which contain a rich variety of wildlife. Equally of interest is the area’s literary connection, with Laurie Lee’s account of life there during the early 20th Century, as told through the best-selling book Cider with Rosie, making it a familiar part of the English countryside for people all over the world.<br /> Mon, 05 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/amanda-lawrence/accidental-conservationist" hreflang="en">The Accidental Conservationist</a> Amanda Lawrence lives, works and gets distracted by wildlife in the Slad Valley, near Stroud. She is a full-time glass artist and part-time wildlife surveyor and scrub basher, helping to run Stroud Wildlife Survey Group and volunteering for GWT with the Snows Farm group. She also serves as Housekeeper and Staff to two cats and a dog. She has no favourite type of cake, feeling that any cake is wonderful after hours of bramble-extraction, but her favourite beetle is the Cardinal Beetle. This may surprise those who know her as ‘the glow worm lady’. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Amanda Lawrence <a href="/blog/dr-cat-mcnicol/love-time-social-distancing" hreflang="en">Love in a time of social distancing</a> The berries have started to ripen and the days have begun to shorten. We are entering another phase in the year of the pine marten. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Cat McNicol <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/lower-woods-green-route" hreflang="en">The Lower Woods Green Route</a> There’s no question that Gloucestershire is a beautiful county, with even simple car journeys revealing beautiful views and rich landscapes.<br /> <br /> Yet there’s even more to behold for those prepared to venture away from the beaten track, including sections of countryside lying far from the hustle and bustle of daily life that have lain unchanged for hundreds if not thousands of years. Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/meg-stone/what-flies-july" hreflang="en">What Flies in July?</a> I’m back with another blog to tell you all about what moths you can find in July, and how to get children interested in moths.  It is currently National Moth Week while I am writing this (18th-26th July) too and a peak time for many moths so what better time to write another moth blog! Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Meg Stone <a href="/blog/will-masefield/erdf-wild-towns-project-update" hreflang="en">ERDF Wild Towns Project Update</a> ERDF Project Manager Will Masefield provides an update on the Wild Towns project in the face of a global pandemic. Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Will Masefield <a href="/blog/unseen-threats-meadow-clary" hreflang="en">The unseen threats to Meadow Clary</a> Gloucestershire is home to some marvellous meadows and Stuart Fawkes nature reserve is no exception. Alan Sumnall, Stroud Valleys Reserve Manager talks about a threatened species of flower at the reserve, Meadow Clary and how the changes of the modern world makes it difficult for plants like this to thrive. Wed, 15 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Alan Sumnall, Stroud Valleys Reserves Manager <a href="/blog/little-furry-slugs-and-teenage-dirtbags" hreflang="en">Little Furry Slugs and Teenage Dirtbags</a> Pine martens have been in the Forest of Dean since September and have been doing extremely well, they&#039;ve made the forest their new home. In today&#039;s blog Project Officer Josie shares the latest pine marten updates including news of the new arrivals. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Josie Bridges, Pine Marten Project Officer <a href="/blog/build-build-build" hreflang="en">Build, build, build!</a> Roger discusses how nature desperately needs help from the Government, findings from our Life After Lockdown survey and how we must build back better with nature. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Roger Mortlock, Chief Executive <a href="/blog/meg-stone/theres-nothing-moth-ing" hreflang="en">There’s Nothing Like Moth-ing</a> Meg recently took over our Instagram for the weekend and has now written an exciting blog all about the wonders of moths. She became increasingly interested in these diverse creatures whilst studying an MSc in Applied Ecology at the University of Gloucestershire. Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Meg Stone <a href="/the-whos-who-of-poo" hreflang="en">The who’s who of poo (Warning: may contain traces of poo)</a> Now that you are familiar with mustelids, and hopefully whizzed through a brief history of nearly everything pine marten in our previous blogs, its time to get down to the exciting stuff…poo.<br /> Fri, 19 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Josie Bridges, Pine Marten Project Officer <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/good-and-bad-warm-weather" hreflang="en">The good and the bad from the warm weather</a> The warm, dry weather during May has been both a help and a hindrance, says Sue Bradley, who has been busy with her watering can. Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/will-masefield/connecting-nature-30-days-wild" hreflang="en">Connecting to nature for 30 Days Wild</a> Will talks about the importance that 30 Days Wild has this year coinciding with our coronavirus lockdown; there couldn’t be a better time for us to make the effort to connect with nature. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Will Masefield <a href="/blog/are-you-ready-30-days-wild" hreflang="en">Are you ready for 30 Days Wild?</a> This year it will be Tess’ very first 30 Days Wild. While GWT’s Communications Manager is definitely not a wildlife expert like most of the team (she spends most of her days emailing colleagues pictures of insects and birds and asking WHAT’S THIS?), she’s starting to think that doing something wild every day during June might actually be easier than you think…  Fri, 29 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Tess Hirst, Communications Manager <a href="/life-after-lockdown" hreflang="en">After the crisis: an environmental recovery? </a> Dr. Gareth Parry, Director of Conservation at GWT, talks about the UK’s long road to recovery and what we can learn from the pandemic. He also provides more information about a survey created by GWT to find out what people in Gloucestershire want from life after lockdown – particularly in relation to the environment and climate change. Thu, 28 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Gareth Parry <a href="/the-life-and-times-of-the-pine-marten" hreflang="en">My heart is in the highlands - the life and times of the pine marten</a> Cat our Pine Marten Project Officer is back with her next exciting pine marten blog, this time she&#039;s taking you back in time looking at the history of the pine marten. Sun, 24 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Cat McNicol <a href="/mental-health-awareness-week" hreflang="en">Five ways to wellbeing during lockdown</a> For Mental Health Awareness Week, Lorna Fox, GWT’s Head of Community Programmes, takes a closer look at our connection to nature during lockdown and reveals how we can continue to enhance our wellbeing by practising five simple actions. Mon, 18 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Lorna Fox, Head of Engagement and Learning <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/sues-blog-may-2020" hreflang="en">Sue's blog May 2020</a> The threat of frosts has passed and seed sowing can begin in earnest. Sue Bradley looks at a few more ways to start new vegetable beds and puts in a few seeds. Mon, 11 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/roger-mortlock-chief-executive/life-lockdown" hreflang="en">Life in lockdown</a> Roger&#039;s thoughts on guiding Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust through this global pandemic and the effects COVID-19 is having on the natural world. Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Roger Mortlock, Chief Executive <a href="/pine-marten-blog-one" hreflang="en">Is it a bird?...Is it a tree?...No, it’s a mustelid</a> Read the first blog by Cat, our Pine Marten Conservation Project Manager. She introduces you to the pine marten in Gloucestershire shortly after their reintroduction. Mon, 20 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Cat McNicol <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/sues-allotment-blog-april" hreflang="en">Sue's allotment blog for April</a> April is a great month to get into growing your own vegetables. Sue Bradley has some useful techniques for beginners. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/march-marks-beginning-spring" hreflang="en">March marks the beginning of spring!</a> March marks the beginning of the metrological spring and there’s a definite feeling that the garden is awakening after its winter sleep. Sue Bradley ticks off a few more jobs on her wildlife-friendly allotment. Tue, 03 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/memories-summer-sues-february-blog" hreflang="en">Memories of Summer - Sue's February blog</a> February may be a short month, even when it’s a leap year, but there’s plenty to do to prepare the allotment for both a wildlife-friendly and crop-rich year ahead, says Sue Bradley. Mon, 10 Feb 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/making-most-mild-weather-sues-january-blog" hreflang="en">Making the most of the mild weather: Sue's January blog</a> It’s a new year in the garden and on the allotment, with plenty to keep Sue Bradley busy as she seeks solace from seasonal sniffles. Wed, 08 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/nicola-simpson/supporting-community-led-action-through-urban-education" hreflang="en">Supporting community-led action through urban education</a> Nicola Simpson, Urban Wildlife Manager for GWT, talks about how her team&#039;s urban education work helped an area blighted by anti-social behaviour and fly tipping transform into a haven for the local community, with thanks to the brilliant work and support of the Podsmead Clearance Team and Podsmead Big Local. Thu, 19 Dec 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Nicola Simpson <a href="/blog/gloucestershire-wildlife-trust/why-when-we-really-need-more-trees-world-does-gwt-chop-some" hreflang="en">Why, when we really need more trees in the world, does GWT chop some down?</a> An insight into why, cutting down trees might not necessarily be a bad thing.. Mon, 25 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust <a href="/blog/dr-gareth-parry/tree-planting-climate-and-ecological-emergency" hreflang="en">Tree planting in a climate and ecological emergency </a> Dr. Gareth Parry addresses the importance of Gloucestershire&#039;s woodlands and encourages us to think about where we plant new trees, could they affect the ecosystem around them? Mon, 25 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Gareth Parry <a href="/blog/gloucestershire-wildlife-trust/help-save-hedgehogs-winter" hreflang="en">Help save hedgehogs this winter</a> Want to help make a difference to hedgehogs in your area? Find out the best ways to help our spikey friends and help them have a warm and comfortable winter. Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/changing-seasons-sues-september-blog" hreflang="en">Changing Seasons: Sue's September blog</a> September brings an abundance of fruit and vegetables on Sue Bradley’s allotment, along with a plethora of opportunist weeds. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/dr-gareth-parry/bioabundance-and-biodiversity-why-focusing-extinction-could-overlook-bigger" hreflang="en">Bioabundance and Biodiversity: Why focusing on extinction could overlook bigger problems </a> The loss of plants, animals and other organisms with which we share our planet is quite rightly a hot topic. Preventing extinction is often the main driver of conservation policy and funding. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Gareth Parry <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/crops-keep-coming" hreflang="en">The crops keep coming!</a> The crops keep coming on Sue Bradley’s wildlife-friendly allotment but she’s got one or two tricks up her sleeve for preserving fruit and vegetable gluts. Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/guest-author/surveying-and-hole-making" hreflang="en">Surveying and hole making</a> Our hedgehog blog is guest written by one of our community surveyors this month; just how do you know if you have hedgehogs in the garden? Wed, 17 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Guest author <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/july-summer-harvest" hreflang="en">July summer harvest</a> July is here and the month has begun with a welcome warm spell: perfect weather for Sue to get on with the summer harvest. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/barry-jackson/great-orchid-hunt" hreflang="en">The Great Orchid Hunt</a> Barry Jackson details his search for orchids around Gloucestershire. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Barry Jackson <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/june-has-got-damp-start-sues-allotment-theres-plenty-be-cheerful-about-too" hreflang="en">June has got off to a damp start on Sue’s allotment, but there’s plenty to be cheerful about too.</a> Slugs, blackfly and weeds, not to mention the times when there’s not enough water, or those when there’s too much: sometimes gardening can feel like a never-ending battle against the forces of nature. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/may-time-great-excitement-sue-bradleys-allotment-sound-birdsong-promise-plenty" hreflang="en">May is a time of great excitement on Sue Bradley’s allotment, from the sound of birdsong to the promise of plenty of fruit and vegetables over the coming months.</a> Bird song in a Gloucestershire valley was the soundtrack for a moment of reflection at a funeral I attended recently.<br /> <br /> What made it all the more moving was that the spot in which the recording was made had once been silent; a bare and empty expanse that was transformed by the planting of hundreds of trees, together with the making of a garden.<br /> <br /> It’s hard to think of a greater achievement in life than bringing birdsong to a place where previously there had been none, and a wonderful legacy of a time well spent on this earth. Wed, 08 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/quill-hedgehog-way-mascot/are-you-hedgehog-hero" hreflang="en">Are you a hedgehog hero?</a> Take this quick and easy quiz to see if your garden makes you a hero or an uh-oh. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Quill, the hedgehog <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/spring-here-and-sue-has-been-making-most-warmer-weather" hreflang="en">Spring is here and Sue has been making the most of the warmer weather.</a> One my favourite things about having an allotment is that each year is different.<br /> <br /> Over recent weeks a spell of mild weather has brought everything on early and encouraged some creatures out of hibernation, including slow worms, toads and ladybirds. Mon, 08 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/colin-studholme-former-director-conservation/its-time-turn-tide-plastic-pollution" hreflang="en">It’s time to turn the tide on plastic pollution</a> The Severn vale catchment partnership hosted by GWT and Severn Rivers Trust were really keen to get involved in the national Big Beach Clean event on the banks of the River Severn at Fretherne, near Arlingham September 2018. Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Colin Studholme - former Director of Conservation <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/march-here-and-there-are-definite-signs-life-sue-bradleys-wildlife-friendly" hreflang="en">March is here and there are definite signs of life on Sue Bradley’s wildlife-friendly allotment</a> This time last year the allotment was shivering under a blanket of snow, with sowing and planting delayed until April.<br /> <br /> It’s now March 2019 and the plot seems raring to go, with seedlings popping up all over the place and fruit bushes and canes bursting into leaf. I’m particularly glad that I managed to sort out the blackberries trained over the shed a few weeks ago, cutting them back to a strong framework, from which the fruiting shoots are already starting to appear. It was so warm that I was able to give them a good layer of mulch for good measure. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/dr-gareth-parry/wildlife-trusts-call-major-improvements-draft-environment-bill-put-nature" hreflang="en">The Wildlife Trusts call for major improvements to draft Environment Bill to put nature into recovery</a> The draft Environment Bill published by the Government on December 19th 2018 represents a weakening of existing environmental legislation. It will not tackle the serious environmental challenges we face or provide legal certainty for the future of our natural world. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Gareth Parry <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/february-here-and-countdown-spring-has-begun-sues-allotment" hreflang="en">February is here and the countdown to spring has begun on Sue’s allotment.</a> Our village magazine came out in January with a front cover questioning whether we would be getting any snow this winter.<br /> <br /> Just a few days later the heavens opened and our world turned white: yet one week on the sun is shining, making it feel as though spring is on its way. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/dr-gareth-parry/working-everyone-who-values-wildlife-there-will-also-be-areas-difference" hreflang="en">By working with everyone who values wildlife there will also be areas of difference.</a> A blog by: Dr Gareth Parry, GWT Director of Conservation. Thu, 07 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Dr Gareth Parry <a href="/blog/imogen-lois-robertson/rugged-oil-beetles-gloucestershire" hreflang="en">Rugged Oil Beetles in Gloucestershire</a> Rugged Oil Beetles are out and about - but only if you know where to look!<br /> <br /> They are an indicator species for species-rich grassland habitats, and over the last few of years several organisations have established regular Rugged Oil Beetle surveys in order to record their numbers. I recently interviewed two of our GWT volunteers to find out more about their discoveries so far this season. Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Imogen Lois Robertson <a href="/blog/quill-hedgehog-way-mascot/what-give-hedgehog-christmas" hreflang="en">What to give a hedgehog this Christmas</a> You’re probably thinking ‘Don’t be so ridiculous, hedgehogs are hibernating right now.’ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Quill, the hedgehog <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/chilly-beautiful" hreflang="en">Chilly but beautiful</a> December is here and with it comes rain, wind and frost, along with the occasional day when the rays of the low sun cast a golden glow over the allotment. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/sue-bradley/winter-time-allotment-well-spent" hreflang="en">Winter time on the allotment is well spent</a> The race is on to clear the allotment of perennial weeds before winter sets in. Every hour spent on the soil now is worth two in the spring, and when the sun is shining, the allotment is a lovely place to be, especially now that the nights are longer and weather colder. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley <a href="/blog/jenny-parsons/river-severn-big-beach-clean" hreflang="en">River Severn - Big Beach Clean</a> On the 16th September, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust hosted our first ever beach clean. Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Jenny Parsons <a href="/mywildgarden" hreflang="en">New discoveries for Sue on the allotment</a> The hot and dry weather brings many challenges but there are some upsides as Sue Bradley discovers during daily trips to her wildlife-friendly allotment. Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Sue Bradley