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Archive for January 2021

 Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Sunshine and natural daylight   

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this months blog we’ll be looking at how important it is to get outside for natural daylight – even when that’s not always the most appealing at this time of year! In summer it’s easy […]

Posted 27 January 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: daylight, get outdoors, melatonin, mental health, seratonin

Please think twice before getting a wood stove

Watching flames dance over logs or other dry wood is incredibly mesmerising and relaxing, especially if you know that it travelled just a few hundred yards from a well-managed forest (or a scrapheap). The Environment Centre stove is certainly one of its most popular features, even though it’s inadequate (more on that later). Yet, we […]

Posted 27 January 2021 | Categories: One Planet Living | Tags: air pollution, home, one planet living, sustainability, wood stove, zero carbon

Wildwatch: December highlights

Despite restrictions, our fantastic Wildwatch team have continued to collect wildlife data for us throughout the pandemic, whether out on their daily exercise or meeting up to do socially distant sessions (when allowed). This has been incredibly useful for us as it means we still have weekly records of the wide range of wildlife found […]

Posted 21 January 2021 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: brambling, Chaffinch, cup fungi, Earth Star fungus, false ladybird beetle, fern smut caterpillar, Hogweed, kingfisher, least pigmy woodlouse, red kite, Siskin, Song Thrush, Wildwatch, winter

Back to basics blog 3: Single use plastics

There seems to be a lot of antagonism towards plastics, some of which is deserved but some plastics are very well engineered, versatile and are basically now life essentials. What we believe needs to be clearer is the detrimental impact our throwaway, single use lifestyles are having. When we say single use we are referring […]

Posted 20 January 2021 | Categories: Back to Basics, Waste and recycling | Tags: behaviour change, circular economy, plastic, recycling, Reduce, reuse, scapegoat, single use, waste hierarchy, zero waste

Spotlight on… Bird song and calls

Most birds will sing to defend a territory and attract a mate. It might therefore seem a bit counterintuitive to learn birdsong in winter outside of the peak breeding season – and it is true that there are fewer birds singing at this time of year – but that makes their individual songs much easier […]

Posted 19 January 2021 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Alder, bird song, birds, Goldfinch, kingfisher, robin, teasel