FEBRUARY 2021

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Join us for a talk by local naturalist Joe Gray about his new book, Thirteen Paces by Four

Backyard Biophilia

 

Monday, March 1, 2021

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM GMT

 

Join us on Monday 1st March 2021 as local naturalist Joe Gray talks about his new book, Thirteen Paces by Four, the wildlife he's welcomed into his small backyard and practical things you can do to make your garden a wildlife haven too.


Joe is also an Associate Editor of The Ecological Citizen, a co-founder of the Global Ecocentric Network for Implementing Ecodemocracy, and a knowledge adviser on ecological ethics for the United Nations' Harmony with Nature programme.

To book your place, please reserve a ticket here. There's no charge, but spaces are limited. Once you've booked, you'll receive an email a day or two before the event with the zoom link so you can join us on Monday 1st March at 8.00pm. Alternately, you can email stalbansfoe@hotmail.com directly and we'll add you to the participants and email you the link. 

 

Save Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits

Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits are situated between Colney Heath and London Colney near St Albans in Hertfordshire. It is valuable green space for wildlife, walkers and anglers, and is currently used for gravel extraction. It is under threat from development. Under Hertsmere Borough Council's Local Plan, 6,000 dwellings are scheduled to be built, some up to the perimeter of the main gravel pit. This is being referred to as site H2. The area is home to an extremely rare colony of tree sparrows which is unlikely to survive the development. The gravel pits are home to nesting oyster catchers, greenshanks, numerous other wading birds and some rarities. It is probably the most important wildlife site in Hertfordshire. Enjoyed by  so many since its creation and even more people since 2020 lock down, it would be devastating to lose what remains of our local wildlife to development. The site is of local, if not national importance. 

The Tyttenhanger Working Group was established to highlight the danger and concerted efforts were made to motivate people and groups to object to the proposals. These objections have been ignored. Measures to mitigate the threat seem unlikely to save the tree sparrows. 

Please help by signing, sharing and raising awareness about this rare, valuable and beautiful oasis just inside the M25. Thank you. 

Please sign our petition here.

 

We've found homes for the little trees you've been growing

We've now found homes for the little trees that you've been potting up and caring for.

Batchwood School want to plant a wooded wildlife area with our trees - a wonderful activity for the children, a great resource for the school and a fantastic boost for local wildlife.

If you have little trees that could be used at Batchwood School, then please email stalbansfoe@hotmail.com as soon as possible to arrange drop off/collection.

The more the merrier, so get in touch and give your little trees a good home.

 

Is the way out of lockdown in a car? No Way!

Throughout this week, join Greenpeace St.Albans and other local groups in asking politicians to take the opportunity that COVID has given to re-think our transport system. It's easy!

  1. Take a photo of transport you'd like to change near you

  2. Post it on social media with your request for change - more cycle paths? more pedestrian crossings? cheaper buses?

  3. Tag your county councillor and MP (find them on Write to Them)

  4. Add these hash tags for added impact #transformtransport #showthelove

And finally... Get active on social media

 

If you've not joined the St.Albans Friends of the Earth Facebook Group yet, then there's no time like the present.

And get on Twitter to find us at @stalbansfoe

If you're really keen, then get some top tips to be really effective on social media here.

ABOUT US >

Here at St.Albans and District Friends of the Earth we’re keen to do what we can to improve our environment here and in the rest of the world. We’re a small, friendly group who meet once a month. 

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