Archive for July, 2010

Sticky: Why birds are special: A beginner’s guide to birds and bird study at the Durrell Conservation Trust in Jersey

July 29th, 2010 by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey is holding a three-day short course aimed at amateur bird enthusiasts wanting to gain an understanding of why birds are so special.  The course will provide practical field skills in the behavioural ecology and conservation of birds, and will be delivered by a team of renowned bird specialists who collectively have extensive experience of bird conservation both in Jersey and worldwide.

Sessions will include:

  • What makes birds so special
  • Bird monitoring – different techniques and when to use them
  • Basic bird taxonomy and identification workshop
  • Birds and conservation: the Durrell experience in the conservation of endangered birds worldwide
  • Global issues for bird conservation.

Course fee £250. On-site hostel accommodation available at £28 B & B or £42.50 full board per person per night, includes free entry to Durrell.

For further information please visit the website and contact Catherine Burrows by email: itc (at) durrell.org or call +44 (0) 1534 860037

Professor John Whitelegg, Professor of Sustainable Transport, speaks about the benefits of bicycling

July 29th, 2010 by Richard Lord

John Whitelegg is visiting Professor of Sustainable Transport at John Moores University in Liverpool and Professor of Sustainable Development at University of York‘s Stockholm Environment Institute.

John Whitelegg is also MD of Eco-Logica Ltd., a transport consultancy based in Lancaster.



“If you are a car driver in Copenhagen you really are costing a lot of money and you’re draining the budget and a cyclist is adding to it.”  We can do more of the research that shows these financial flows but then we have to talk in terms of one extra cyclist is good for the bank balance and one extra motorist is bad for the bank balance.  Politicians do understand that language… physical activity is an important part of dealing with the obesity epidemic.  People are interested in health and we are not yet really communicating clearly enough to the public that this is a public health disaster.  Out there is a public health disaster and cycling can help to solve it.”

Guernsey Tomorrow workshop – Feedback from the Exhibition: Transportation

July 29th, 2010 by Strategic Land Planning Group

Introduce Paid Parking

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Of the 63 who responded 38% supported paid parking against 46.2% who were against paid parking.

Relocate car parking from piers to the edge of Town

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Of the 60 who responded 40% agreed that car parking should be relocated from the piers to the edge of Town and almost 57% disagreed.

Improve cycle lanes and walking routes

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Over 85% of the respondents agreed that cycle lanes and walking routes should be improved.

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Guernsey Tomorrow Summary Report July 2010

July 28th, 2010 by Strategic Land Planning Group

Contents

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION

SECTION2: OUR STARTING POINT

SECTION 3: IDENTIFYING SOME OF THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

SECTION 4: SELECTING AND PRIORITISING THE ISSUES

SECTION 5: GENERATING SOME OPTIONS

SECTION 6: GETTING SOME FEEDBACK

SECTION 7: EVALUATING THE OPTIONS – What’s happening now?

APPENDICES

PREFACE

This report is a summary of the Guernsey Tomorrow public involvement initiative. For more information and a fuller account of all the results please visit www.guernseytomorrow.gg .

The Guernsey Tomorrow initiative was organised to give people a say about the sort of place they would like Guernsey to be. Over one thousand people took part in one way or another. In order to involve a variety of people with a wide range of interests, more than one hundred groups and organisations were contacted. The people taking part in the structured meetings were self nominated as members of the contact groups. The drop-in sessions and exhibitions were open to everyone. As Guernsey Tomorrow relates to how the island will develop and change over the next 20 years or so, special efforts were made to involve younger people.

Throughout the process, politicians have taken a backseat. The aim has been to encourage people who would not ordinarily have a say to contribute to the policy making process in a spirit of openness and even-handedness. Involving people in this way does not substitute the political decision making process of democratically elected representatives but it does mean that involvement will genuinely inform and influence the policies that are debated by Deputies.

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St Peter’s Food Hall community picnic on 2 August 2010

July 28th, 2010 by Marguerite Talmage

This year the parish of St Pierre du Bois are representing Guernsey in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom competition.  Everyone is invited to greet the ‘Britain in Bloom’ judges between 10 am and midday on Monday, 2 August 2010 at Le Ch’min du Trésor (Parking at Les Brehauts Playing Field)

A free brunch is provided with the compliments of St Peter’s Food Hall.  There will activities available for the whole family including games and traditional crafts.

Note: Access is unsuitable for buggies and wheelchairs. Anyone with mobility difficulty please telephone 264396 to arrange access.

The St. Peters Food Hall Community Picnic banner can be downloaded as a PDF file.

 

Vintage Design Store opposite Fort Grey for unique, original furniture

July 27th, 2010 by Mark Duncan

At the Vintage Design Store we have locked and thrown away the key to mass produced furniture. We aim to provide our clients with a range of hand picked and exciting pieces, all of which are rich with the character and patina of ‘life’.

Each item is unique and original, sometimes repaired and re-worked to produce a timeless classic which will remain useful and give pleasure to generations to come.

We also re-manufacture and repair vintage classics on our own workshop, utilising reclaimed materials and using the original design and dimensional specifications essential in preserving the balance and proportion each piece deserves.

Working with you we can provide a bespoke customer focused service including custom paint finishes and upholstery designed around your specific requirements and individual style.

Come and see a selection, always available on display at the Vintage Design Store, opposite Fort Grey, Route De La Lague, St Peters. Tel: 266891 or mobile 07781 423057

Guernsey Airport Development

July 26th, 2010 by Stephen Fell

I write in response to Deputy Flouquet’s letter published on Friday, 23 July. This indeed marks a shift in the approach taken by the Public Services Department (PSD) in the past and no doubt reflects the fact that they have engaged a local PR firm to “manage” their public image. Heaven knows they need it, but is it really proper use of public funds?

Deputy Flouquet cites as reasons not to extend the runway to the east “…. the associated significant disruption and environmental impact that such a major engineering project would entail, this is not justified at the present time.” If this is true of the east, surely it is equally so in the west?

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Somerset Waste Partnership leads the way in waste minimisation and high recycling rates

July 25th, 2010 by Richard Lord

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKoua28Bhx4

The Somerset Waste Partnership‘s Sort It Plus shows how they conduct kerbside recycling collections in this Youtube video.  Although the kerbside collection lorry is too large for Guernsey roads there are elements of this kerbsie recycling service that could be employed in Guernsey.

How food waste recycling could be accomplished in Guernsey

July 25th, 2010 by Richard Lord

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB_UrKXU9ec

Visit the Somerset Waste Partnership for more information about their food waste recycling and kerbside collection service.

NetGreen News

July 25th, 2010 by Richard Lord