Saturday, 16 November 2013

Free trees and habitat and biodiversity stuff.

The Woodland Trust is once again offering community groups, youth groups and schools the chance to apply for packs of free trees for delivery in March 2014 and we they are accepting applications until 9 January 2014. 

They have over 3000 packs to give away and they come in three sizes – 30 saplings, 105 saplings and 420 saplings in various themes (hedge, copse, wildlife, wild harvest, year-round colour, working wood, wild wood and wetland). A new feature of the scheme is that you can now apply for more than one pack with 420 saplings being the maximum quantity. 

You can find out more about them and apply online at Woodland Trust Trees and the Woodland Trust would advise groups to apply sooner rather than later as they are usually oversubscribed and may have to close early.


Every six years, all EU Member States are required under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive to report on the implementation of the EU Habitats Directive. The third UK Report on Implementation of the EU Habitats Directive is now available on the JNCC website. This includes all of the information and maps submitted to the European Commission, plus various supporting documents and spreadsheets. The home page is available HERE with links from there to habitat and species reports the latter available by individual species. The National Bat Monitoring Programme is an important source of data for the bat species reports.


Biodiversity is the variety of all life on Earth.  It includes all species of animals and plants, and the natural systems that support them.  Biodiversity matters because it supports the vital benefits we get from the natural environment.  It contributes to our economy, our health and well being, and it enriches our lives. The 2013 update to Biodiversity Indicators in Your pocket has now been published on the JNCC website at: Click Here to Download

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