Meriel Harrison

Time to put a stop our reliance on pesticides

60 years on from the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, why are we still poisoning wildlife with pesticides? In 1962 a book was published that proved to be a landmark in society’s awareness of the ways in which humans…
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Lights out for the creatures of the night

Spring is on its way and the days are getting longer – but this month we’re focused on the night-time, with a look at why dark skies are so important for nature.  Tawny Owl by Dean Eades Gazing up at…
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Six ways to take more action for wildlife in 2022

The end of January may be in sight, but there’s still time to make some resolutions for the year ahead. Amid regular headlines about the climate and nature emergency and its effects on the wildlife we all love, it’s easy…
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Tree Dressing Day 2021: Bees and Trees

Tree Dressing Day falls on Saturday 4th December this year, and YACWAG will celebrating with a display highlighting the importance of bees and trees. YACWAG has been decorating trees in Yatton, Claverham and Congresbury for at least the last 15…
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Home composting: the greener way to tackle green waste

Nutrient rich home compost The introduction of green waste charging in North Somerset has prompted many people to think again about what they do with their garden waste and food scraps. There’s never been a better time to add a…
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A posy of plant lore

The inspiration from this month’s blog came from a visit to St Mary’s churchyard in Yatton with YACWAG trustee Faith Moulin earlier in the summer, when we were enjoying the wonderful plant life that the churchyard holds. At the latest…
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Tigers, hawks and hummingbirds: what will you find on Moth Night?

We are lucky to have a huge variety of moths on our doorstep, with an incredible 1,500 species found in the Bristol area. Moth Night runs from 8-10th July this year and is the perfect opportunity to get to know…
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Wildlife in the palm of your hand: the best apps for connecting with nature

In recent years there’s been an explosion in the number of apps for identifying, mapping and recording wildlife. Here we look at some of the best to help you learn more about the plants and animals you see and hear…
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The easiest wildlife gardening job in May? Give your mower a break

Do your bit for the bees by letting your lawn grow during No Mow May, and take part in Plantlife’s  Every Flower Counts survey. Many of us have taken a renewed interest in our gardens during the recent lockdowns, and…
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