Serious Flooding in Bristol

The Bristol Post and others are reporting serious flooding in many parts of the city as several big rivers burst their banks.

This is ‘tidal lock’ – a very high tide along with heavy inland rain fall means there’s nowhere for the water to go.

This is why we need more natural flood management in the high catchment area. We can’t stop the tides but we can slow the flow down into our cities.

Upcoming Event – Nature Walk around Bristol, 22nd September 2019

A fun and relaxed led walk through some of Bristol’s under-explored natural areas. We will begin at St Werburgh’s City Farm at 10:30am, walk across Purdown and Stoke Park to Snuff Mills, and then on to Frenchay. We will stop for lunch at the White Lion (not included) but feel free to bring a picnic if you would rather. After lunch we’ll walk back through the woodland of Stoke Park. The whole walk will be about 7 or 8 miles.

Writer and researcher Nikki Jones and Shaun Waycott from Avon Wildlife Trust will be leading the walk and they’ll be able to answer your questions about the flora and fauna we find. Also water and environmental management lecturer at Bristol University Dr Claire Gronow will be talking about the history and management of the Frome river.

Full details on Facebook and Eventbrite.

A Big Hug from the Woodlands Trust

We were thrilled to have Jon Attwood from The Woodland Trust visit Hazeland recently. He has given us lots of ideas on how to plan for forest schools and family and special access days. Now we know exactly where we’ll need clearings, access points and compost loos!

It was extraordinary to see the extent of natural rewilding in two of the fields since the current owner has removed his sheep. Alder trees, in particular, seem to be springing up everywhere and Jon was surprised by the lack of deer damage and recent new growth. We even got time for some tree-hugging – for measurement purposes of course!

Upcoming Event – Talking to Friends and Family about Climate Change and Making Action Effective, 9th September 2019

A discussion and workshop on how best to deal with family and friends who are unengaged with climate change, and how to make our own action more effective.

The event will be lead by researcher and writer on energy and climate change, and ANTs Chair, Nikki Jones. Full details on Facebook or Eventbrite.

Four of the UK’s Rarest and Most Highly Protected Bat Species Recorded in the Hazeland Area

Local bat specialists tell us that we have the opportunity to seriously improve habitat for several endangered species. Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats, and also Barbastelles, have been recorded roosting and foraging in the area. These species tend to adopt rivers for their commuting, so our improvements to the Marden Valley river corridor, and the woodlands, should provide new breeding sites and foraging opportunities. These specialists tell us that Bechstein bats are also likely to be in our ancient woodland!