Get involved and ‘Do One Thing’ for wildlife this year
We can all do something positive for biodiversity this year. At the World War Zoo gardens project here at Newquay Zoo, we like many groups such as BIAZA, Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, RHS and Wildlife Trusts are supporting the UK’s 2010 International Year of Biodiversity campaign to Do One Thing. Find out more at www.biodiversityislife.net
Resolve to do one thing this year for biodiversity. If you’re not sure what to do, we have some suggestions below. And when you do it, tell your friends and family about it to encourage them to do something too. If you have a twitter account, don’t forget to follow @iybuk too and tell others what you’re doing.
We will be promoting 2010 International Year of Biodiversity and also Plant Conservation Day (on May 18th 2010) our second World War Zoo wartime garden weekend at Newquay Zoo 1 to 3 May 2010. This weekend also launches our Plant Hunters trail celebrating plant hunters like the Lobb brothers, wartime secret agent and ageing plant hunter Frank Kingdon-Ward and the exotic plants they brought back from daring exploits around the world. Our vegetable and flower gardens are a strange mixture of plants and varieties from the local area and from all over the world.
Plant Conservation Day (on May 18th 2010) www.plantconservationday.org has lots more information about ways of getting involved http://bgci.org/plantconservationday. We’ll be planting some wartime varieties, heirloom or heritage varieties of vegetables and flowers in the wartime garden and try to save the seeds.
You can find out more about heirloom varieties and local varieties of plants and seeds for your area at:
- the Postcode Plants Database (produced by Flora for Fauna) www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/plants-fungi/postcode-plants
- Heritage Seed Library (HDRA) run by Garden Organic http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk
- http://www.squidoo.com/heritageseeds for Seed Savers exchnage, The Real Seed Catalogue etc, Emma Cooper’s Alternative Kitchen Garden blog http://coopette.com/akg . and other lists for the UK and around the world
There are many suggestions of things we can all do for International Year of Biodiversity at http://www.biodiversityislife.net/?q=do-one-thing and from the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust website www.wwt.org.uk and Wild about gardens website www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk :
- plant some wildlife friendly mixtures of flowers
- save your seeds or plant heirloom varieties
- build a wildlife pond in the garden
- install a water butt and connect the down pipe from the gutter to a water butt and connect the overflow of the water butt to the pond or garden
- become a member of conservation organisation
- volunteer at a conservation organisation
- adopt an animal (or vegetable – see www.gardenorganic.org.uk)
- remember wildlife or conservation organisations in your will
- Don’t mow your lawn – an untidy garden encourages wildlife (we like this one a lot)
- Dig up your lawn (like we did with one at Newquay Zoo) and plant veg or apply for an allotment from your local council, or turn over some of your garden to growing your own.
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