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Feeding the Animals That Feed Us
Download the report here
This is a great accompaniment to any meal, and the animal feed report by FoE. How might organic production standards forge the way ahead when it comes to making more sustainable food systems?
A briefing and discussion of the new report by the Soil Association will take place at their office in Bristol on 27 October from 12-3pm. For more information – or if you would like to attend – please contact Amy Leech on aleech @ soilassociation.org or 0117 987 4584 (by 25 October).
Yesterday Sheepdrove’s farm manager and I went to the launch of the Soil Association’s report – ‘Feeding the Animals that Feed Us’. They produced an excellent, concise piece of work on a very big topic. It is, essentially, the invisible impact of the eggs, dairy and meat that you eat.
Others like Yeo Valley, Hi Peak Feeds and Elisabeth Winkler (food writer) think this is important. Why should you care? Everything from rainforest destruction to GM through the barn door can be slowed or accelerated by what YOU buy.
The lead charity for flutterbyes – Butterfly Conservation – has teamed up with Marks and Spencer to launch the biggest ever public butterfly count to date.
BC says, “You can join in and help us track butterflies, so we know where they need our help the most. Find a sunny spot in your garden, local park or other open space and spend 15 minutes counting butterflies.”
For more information, to download an ID chart and submit your sightings please visit the big butterfly count website.
This female’s wood-boring tool does look intimidating, but she only uses it to get eggs into wood. This species of cranefly, Ctenophora pectinicornis, spends most of its life as a grub in rotting wood.
Species dependent on deadwood are termed ‘saproxylic’. Another example of a cool insect that relies on deadwood resource is the Rhinoceros Beetle.
Nest in a sheltered porch. Footage taken 4 June… I had found 5 eggs in the nest 2 days before, but was curious to know what was happening.
This isn’t meant to be an awesome video – actually it’s quite boring! But what’s interesting is that the father selected very small earthworms, to suit the very young chicks.
This is next to my front door, in a porch area. I had rescued the mat from going to landfill and I was going to use it for weed control… but to the birds it’s a tree hollow. Fair enough. One for the BBC Springwatch team!
Lambourn Valley Barn Owl Group are out on Saturday 15 May. Meet at the Swan, 10am. Session from 10am to 1pm approx.
TASK: Farm survey and hopefully installation of a box or two.
We usually have one ‘task day’ per month, but we also need extra help to monitor the nestboxes around the Lambourn Valley this summer. Barn Owls are protected by law, and monitoring has to be done under licence, so all new people would have to team up with a licensed, experienced volunteer. Fancy having a go at owl monitoring?
I’ll also run a course on conserving and monitoring Barn Owl very soon.
Details from me on 07719 225965