The #WildFlower Society online meetings (UK time)
* Wed Oct 11, 7-8pm - Fern ID - Alison Evans
* Wed Nov 8, 7-8pm - The Knepp rewilding project - Dr Tony Whitbread
* Wed Dec 6, 7-8pm - A Ramble along the Arun Valley - Nick Sturt
To book any of these meetings email email@example.com
All those pawpaws, had to do something with them…
Loosely adapted from this recipe, see AltText for details. https://cookingwithyoshiko.com/tofu-cheesecake/
"Everything that birds really need is provided by a healthy ecosystem: berries, seeds, insects and other invertebrates.
"It’s diversity that makes for a well-planned bird garden, which is very different from what many people have always done: put seeds in a feeder and call it a day."
"A strange creature was spotted in a trail cam scampering across the Matadero Creek near Palo Alto south of San Francisco.
Biologists were scratching their heads as they reviewed the footage. It was clearly a mammal, but there are only a certain number of mammals in the area.
“Finally, it hit me in the head,” Bill Leikam, president and co-founder of the Urban Wildlife Research Project, told SFGate. “Could that be a baby beaver?”
In the 21st century, the Bay Area has witnessed a number of mammalian returns and the Urban Wildlife Research Project has typically specialized in documenting the return of the gray fox, but breeding beavers haven’t been recorded in the Palo Alto area in 160 years."
🌳 A #rewilding project has led to the return of a number of bird species that are in critical decline.
The charity said it had logged more than 1,600 species on the nature reserve - 300 more than last year.
Doctors Point Beach nr. Ōtepoti/ #Dunedin is sectioned by sea caves, so best visited at low tide (📷1). Little blue penguin/ kororā nest here; daytime so only saw tracks (📷2). Nearby Orokonui Lagoon Walk is a 3.5km/ 1h loop around estuary (📷3). Bird life is scant, but area is actively #rewilding: replanting incld. this native red-flowering kākā beak/ Clianthus puniceus (📷4).
How it started / How it’s going
The same field at the rewilding project I volunteer at, 6 months apart. I wish I had a picture from a year ago when it was nothing but invasive Johnson grass & tumbleweeds! Still a lot of work to do, but after sheet mulching, weeding, & planting, it’s coming alive.
FREE SEEDS for native edible plants; eastern North America, zones 9-6
I’m near my goal of sending tree seeds to at least 20 people this fall and I still have many seeds left.
Besides the ones stated below, also added
Passiflora incarnata (limited and only to zone 7)
I found myself in the garden yesterday, shooting a to-camera piece and some footage of the garden. A while ago, I wrote a blog post on rewilding a new garden.
Somehow, BBC Gardener’s world found it, and asked me to submit something for their viewers section. Whether they ever use it or not, it’s nice to reflect again on the topic.
Via @jeffvandermeer The Accidental Activist. Looking for an escape, I became obsessed with restoring the #natural #ecosystem in my yard. Then a neighbor’s tree came crashing down—and kicked off a new battle. #rewilding #ecology #ClimateCrisis https://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/a44730883/jeff-vandermeer-accidental-activist-september-2023/
Story of rewilding in Canada
As is often the case, helping to rebuild damaged natural habitat requires helping local communities and especially those most vulnerable within those communities. This article is about the efforts over two decades to rebuild the Horongosa National Park whilst also empowering women and educating girls.
I wrote a few months back about Suffolk Wildlife Trust raising funds to purchase land to create the Martlesham Wilds - they've finally raised the full amount!
"NASA often brags about how innovation for space travel and exploration has provided the public with all sorts of downstream benefits, but they don’t typically mean that literally.
Now however, NASA is teaming up with ranchers in Idaho to monitor beaver rewilding projects on small rivers, streams, and other watersheds by adding remote sensing data to a suite of tools used to monitor beaver activities, track dam location and water dispersion, and determine ideal beaver reintroduction sites.
The project started when scientists Jodi Brandt and Nick Kolarik heard about “beaver fever.” Ranchers were beginning to actively restore beaver populations onto their land in states like Idaho and Utah."
Bombus impatiens on Impatiens capensis
For reals. This was not staged. The bee landed on this flower of its own accord.
Common eastern bumblebee on jewelweed
Passiflora lutea, yellow passionflower.
Berries are edible but don’t taste very good. Like mildly sweet pen ink. A little gross. Starvation food, not very good. Flowers are edible.
Host species to many unique butterflies and bees.
Anyone who is collecting seeds from me this fall, let me know if you want these included. Cold-stratify these in a pot outside or in a garage.
"By the end of our six-hour-long walk, we’d spotted 44 #bird species, along with plenty of leopard frogs, muskrats, a family of deer and the first raccoon I’ve ever seen swimming, dog-paddling through a shady zone.
"This huge #biodiversity is tied to the land’s own diversity: Scirbi has supported and developed six different types of #habitat thriving in a relatively constricted space, surrounded on all sides by agricultural and populated areas."
Interested in nature and rewilding? Experience as a video editor? Then come join us at Mossy Earth :) Feel free to ask any questions. Please boost or forward onto your network so we can get a diverse range of applicants https://www.mossy.earth/jobs #Rewilding #VideoEditing #Conservation #Nature #Jobs #RemoteWork
"Farmers will just continue to raise sheep, eagles will continue to eat them, farmers will remain furious and angry, and it will just go on like that forever?" —Emma Marris for Hakai Magazine
【 Humans have wiped out almost 70% of animal populations in half a century: https://buff.ly/3PwKg61. Let's make this next year the year we protect people and the planet.
No time to wait. #ActOnClimate
I am just a person, gazing into a phone, asking pocket friends on mastodon if they would like to grow edible native plants.
Celtis occidentalis 1/🧵
Ecologically important native tree, produces berries that when steamed and ground taste like raisins+figs+dates+nut. The fruit is scant and all the nutrition is in the seed.
Not pest resistant. Everything eats it but it persists. The trees I collect from don’t seem susceptible to witches broom, none seen on any trees. And there are many. They are mast year type of tree.
"Recovering animals encounter a world that is markedly different from the one in which they declined, especially in terms of how people think about wildlife.
"Here are several reasons I see why societal attitudes toward #wolves have changed."
"A giant conservation NGO has purchased the largest privately-owned rhino herd on earth to rewild them in secret locations over the next 10 years.
More than 2,000 white rhinos had been bred in captivity as part of a project called Platinum Rhino, to flood the East Asian rhino horn trade with sustainably harvested horns in order to drastically lower the price, and thus disincentivize poachers.
However the breeder, John Hume of South Africa, ran out of money after the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) remained adamant that they would not grant him an exception for the sale of rhino horn—banned as it has been since 1974, and so Hume put all the animals up for auction in April.
On August 4th, Africa’s biggest wildlife NGO, African Parks, announced it had purchased the entire Platinum herd for the purpose of rewilding them across sites in southern Africa."
FREE SEEDS 1/ 🧵
Eastern North America, zones 9-6
for easy native edible pest resistant plants whose crop is not sensitive to freak seasonal weather.
“There’s a lot of pressure and enough changes happening in the river that the Corps is going to be pushed to think more about how to be innovative,” says Renfro.
“Can we create a solution to Neptune Pass that balances the restoration needs of the area with the navigation needs? I don’t think it has to be one versus the other.”
Collected around 15 pounds of pawpaws for the seed dispersal project this fall. Really hope a lot of people take seeds bc there will be loads.
If you haven’t eaten one, the texture is smooth and custardy when ripe and it tastes like banana with a bit of vanilla.
Melothria pendula, creeping cucumber
It’s related to the cucamelon (M scabra) and is also a perennial. Pictured fruits are ripe. When they turn darker green they are no longer edible and when they are black, are stinky and work like ipecac.
Please let me know if you want seeds to this when I pass out native edible seeds this fall. More in AltText.
Finally had a chance to finish reading London in the Wild (in my local park of course). Great to have all London's exciting wildlife sites compiled in one place. Will have to make my way around to the ones I've not seen yet.
"The dissolution of society was a peaceful thing to watch in many ways. In others, violent." One of the many standout lines in The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton.
One year ago we flooded a forest - the results are insane
Solanum emulans, eastern black nightshade
Ripened black berries are edible but poisonous in large quantities so don’t bake a pie out of it. Unripe, very poisonous. I only grow this for biodiversity in my native plant landscape, not for personal consumption.
Small, perennial. It can grow well in shade and is foraged on by all manner of animals. Also cute flowers.
Increasing the diversity of native plants in a single urban green space resulted in a sevenfold increase in the number of insect species after three years, Australian researchers have found.
"In Melbourne, the plan to stop this loss is surprisingly simple: Boost ecological connectivity by revegetating the beautiful Royal Park, band some fairywrens for identification, and harness social media and citizen science to find out exactly where the birds live in the city – and how many there are."
The *conflict* of interests of political industry lobbyists
The "Junk" food industries Vs healthier diets
The vehicle industries Vs clean air, bicycle lanes & EV public transport Inc. International EV trains
Sheep or Cow farming Vs #rewilding & a plant & fungi-based healthier diet
The "fossil" fuel plastics industry Vs plant-based plastics
Corporate power Vs Democracy
Honesty Vs #greenwash
#Science Vs dogma
"The curious British fashion for paving over front gardens got us thinking: surely there are people out there putting the trend in reverse?
So, we put a call out to the Positive News community to see if anyone had liberated a lawn or banished some block paving. Sure enough, plenty of you had – with the before and after shots to prove it (below).
It’s all heartening stuff given the statistics. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, three times as many front gardens are paved over now compared to a decade ago. It’s a disaster for biodiversity, of course, but it also increases the risk of flooding, and because tarmac absorbs heat, it makes neighbourhoods hotter. It’s also, frankly, rather ugly.
So, kudos to the good folk who’ve reclaimed their gardens from the tyranny of tarmac. Below are some of the best examples we were sent, with a few lines from respondents. Sorry we couldn’t publish them all."
Intro Post! 👋
Member and active supporter of the #LGBTQ community 🌈
🤜 fascists, ✂️ billionaires, 🛡️ the vulnerable, stand with workers.
"Like much of the Highlands, the estate had previously been privately owned by just one man, who used the huge space to hunt and as a vacation spot.
"A few small fragments of the ancient Caledonian forest were intact on the land, and the estate was overrun with deer.
"Now it vibrates with the life of more than 4,000 species, including golden eagles and wild pigs, and hopes to welcome even more visitors yearly."
---- #Rewilding asks us all to recognise that we are one species among many, bound together in an intricate web of life that doesn’t recognise lines drawn on a map. Our future is tied to the atmosphere, the weather, the tides and every other living creature on the planet--- https://www.rewild.scot/explore-rewilding
Read - The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks whilst on holiday, he’s done a great job of documenting his farming tradition. found it hard to warm to him though, maybe because of trashing the school when there as a pupil, then ending up getting a 1st from Oxford 🙃
I can’t see the scale of upland sheep farming as being sustainable, either economically or as a hindrance to the #Rewilding of upland areas we so desperately need. So will be interested in his thoughts about that in his second book
Quickly reducing anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GGE)
1. End the burning of carbon based fuels (wood, coal, gas, crude oil derivatives such as kerosene, diesel & petrol) as burning carbon emits harmful (AKA toxic) air pollution.
2. A global ecological restoration project (#rewilding ) will sequester historic, present & future GGE & massively reduce the methane emissions caused by grazing farm animals.
Brilliant news. Huge biodiversity gains at Knepp, a rewilded farm in England https://www.positive.news/environment/rewilding-the-farm-where-miracles-of-nature-happen/
#rewilding #nature #PositiveNews
"Reintroducing white storks is merely the icing on the cake.
Fencing has been ripped down, large mammals introduced, drains smashed, even a river rewiggled.
Reintroduced beavers have masterminded a whole new wetland."
Chionanthus virginicus, American fringe tree
Mine is a female tree but birds and squirrels eat most of the berries. The berries are awful, chemical tasting. 2 cycles of cold stratification needed to germinate seeds. Flowers smell faintly like honeysuckle with a little jasmine. Dried, they smell like floral fresh hay.
My charity is attempting to buy a piece of woodland in east Bristol and I need you all to come out in support. We all see stories of 200 acres or 2000 acres of community buyout, but this 5 acres is in the middle of a major city, and it’s just as important as something far bigger out in the countryside. Please read this description, and help me save a tiny important fragment of amazing woodland. #BiodiversityCrisis #WoodlandProtection #Rewilding #TreeProtection https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/save-blackswarth-road-wood-crews-hole