Cost of culling – another reason to change tack on badgers and bTB

This blog post originally appeared on The Wildlife Trusts' blog. Paul Wilkinson breaks down the costs of the pilot badger culls. The Government has at last put an official price tag on last year’s badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire. Paul Wilkinson looks at the figures. Today, the official costs of the 2013 pilot badger culls… Continue reading Cost of culling – another reason to change tack on badgers and bTB

Cutting down trees! Isn’t that bad for wildlife?

This is a question often asked of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, and many other conservation organisations, especially when some of the practical management work undertaken on our nature reserves can look very destructive. Today, there are very few places in the UK where man has not influenced the landscape. These man-made changes to the environment have, over… Continue reading Cutting down trees! Isn’t that bad for wildlife?

Hedgehog Improvement Areas – A new landmark for hedgehog conservation in Warwickshire

Solihull is to become the nation’s first dedicated hedgehog conservation area in 2015 thanks to funding from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS). Warwickshire Wildlife Trust will be delivering the Solihull Hedgehog Improvement Area (HIA), which aims to empower local residents to rally together to help the struggling species.   HIA Foundations Back in spring… Continue reading Hedgehog Improvement Areas – A new landmark for hedgehog conservation in Warwickshire

Hello from the new Tame Valley staff…

This year has seen the launch of the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme (TVWLPS), a landscape-scale scheme centred around the River Tame. The four year scheme will see reedbed creation, re-profiling of the river banks, the restoration of built and natural heritage sites and much more in the Tame Valley Wetlands area. Early in 2014… Continue reading Hello from the new Tame Valley staff…

Winter is the best time of year to get stuck in!

We're looking for new volunteers! Sarah Brooks, Conservation Management Officer, explains why: It’s that time of year again, when so much of our wildlife starts to go into dormancy for the winter months. Autumn shows a wealth of beautiful colours when the trees drop their leaves and the late flowers show their final few blooms.… Continue reading Winter is the best time of year to get stuck in!

Remember, remember the hog this November, don’t let your hedgehogs go pop!

It’s Bonfire Night tonight, and while we’re as excited as anyone about the Catherine Wheels and beautiful shimmering displays, we want to give as much advice as we can to protect any spiky dwellers that you may have in your bonfire. While to you it looks like the perfect place to toast marshmallows, a bonfire… Continue reading Remember, remember the hog this November, don’t let your hedgehogs go pop!

Did fungi give us Santa’s flying reindeer?…

The clocks have gone back and autumn is drawing in, the trees turning all shades of gold, red and yellow as the days shorted and the temperatures fall. Fungi rise up from the ground, sending their fruiting bodies into the open to pepper the ground with new shapes and colours. One of our most colourful… Continue reading Did fungi give us Santa’s flying reindeer?…