May 10th, 2013 by Lloyds TSB Offshore Ltd
In recognition of its consistently high standards in the overall Britain in Bloom competition, Herm has been nominated for the Champion of Champions category along with four other communities across the British Isles.
The island’s gardening team, headed up by Brett Moore, is busy preparing for the arrival of the judges later this summer and after a successful volunteering day in Herm last year, Lloyds TSB is sending a team of staff from Guernsey and Jersey to help with the preparations.
May 9th, 2013 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards
Guernsey schools and environmentally friendly islanders have until 28 May 2013 to get their entries in for this years’ Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards.
The event, which is in its 23rd year, is staged to fund projects designed to protect the island’s green spaces and natural habitats.
The winner of the main award could win a cheque for £2,000 to help fund their endeavours while the winning school will be awarded £1,000 over three years.
April 30th, 2013 by Richard Lord
A litter pick-up on the sea shore of Champ Rouget, on the path north of the Chouet tea rooms, Vale found eight ‘sea wash balls‘ from the common whelk, Buccinum undatum, three ray (rajidae) mermaid’s purses (egg case), and one cuttlebone from Sepia officinalis.
A similar beach clean on the same stretch of shore on 17 February 2013 revealed only three mermaid’s purses and no whelk ‘sea wash balls’.
The common whelk, Buccinum undatum, usually lives on a sea floor of soft sediment. It is one of the larger marine snails in British waters.
Male and female whelks copulate between October and May depending on location in British Isle marine waters, and eggs are deposited in capsules that are glued together to form ‘sea wash balls’. These can be up to 50 cm by 25 cm Continue reading
April 24th, 2013 by Alderney Wildlife Trust
The discovery of this bird occurred at the same time as it was announced that over the previous seven days one thousand seabirds with PIB on them had been found dead on the south-west coast of England.
Nineteen species have been recorded as having been affected by this pollution incident so far with the hundreds of birds found dead and dying along the coast including large numbers Continue reading
April 22nd, 2013 by Kars4Kids
Earth Day, which was established in 1970, occurs on the 22 April each year.
April 13th, 2013 by Island Press
In today’s society, the word “sustainable” has become practically meaningless, with most sustainable products just a step less bad than conventional alternatives.
Because of the power of “sustainababble,” the world has largely ignored the rich spectrum of political, cultural, and technological changes that would set us on the path to a truly sustainable future.
Although the science of sustainability is clearer than ever, we still face the question of whether transforming our society into one guided by sustainability is even possible.
March 31st, 2013 by Floral Guernsey
The initiative, aimed at all gardeners and budding botanists, features a number of guided walks, open gardens and talks from experts including award-winning landscape designer Cleve West, who will deliver an RHS Growing for Success talk, ‘From Spuds to Chelsea’, at Les Cotils, St Peter Port, Guernsey on Wednesday 24 April 2013.
March 30th, 2013 by University of Dundee
Two studies have highlighted a negative impact on bees’ ability to learn following exposure to a combination of pesticides commonly used in agriculture.
Scientists found that the pesticides, used in the research at levels shown to occur in the wild, could interfere with the learning circuits in the bee’s brain.
They also found that bees exposed to combined pesticides were slower to learn or completely forgot important associations between floral scent and food rewards.
In the research paper ‘Cholinergic pesticides cause mushroom body neuronal inactivation in honeybees‘ published on 27 March 2013 in Nature Communications, the University of Dundee‘s Dr Christopher Connolly and his team investigated the impact on bees’ brains of two common pesticides: pesticides used on crops called neonicotinoid pesticides, and another type of pesticide, coumaphos, that is used in honeybee hives to kill the Varroa mite, a parasitic mite that Continue reading
March 4th, 2013 by Melanie Broadhurst
Exploring the strand-lines of the intertidal shore provides an excellent insight into the rich marine life of the islands of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Strand-lines occur at the upper-most part of the sea shore, which marks the very edge of the sea.
A variety of marine life debris is left behind from each incoming tide, which can give beachcombers (a person who searches/ combs strand-lines) a different, yet exciting find, on a daily basis.
February 25th, 2013 by Events
The ticket price of £5.00 includes coffee or tea and biscuits. The price for RSPB members is £4.00.