Fancy Stepping Up for Nature in a mere couple of minutes today? If so read on....
NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework)
There’s a new e-action on the planning system now live on the website following the launch of the National Planning Policy Framework yesterday. This will run until mid-October.We are asking if you would like to step up and support our campaign to secure a planning system that delivers truly sustainable development, not just green wash. People can support the campaign by sending an email to the NPPF Consultation Team - the e-action can be found here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/saveyourlandscapes.
The lavender that runs along the path leading up to the shop is really drawing in some insect life. At least eight species of bees have been seen, white, buff and red tailed, common carder, early, garden and heath bumble bees and finally on the window plants a tree bee! A hummingbird hawk-moth skimmmed over quickly and butterflies included essex skipper, brown argus and a common blue. So it's definitley worth a look around the lavender before you pop into the shop!
Five hobbies soared over the Gatehouse around lunchtime today, all in the air together which was a terrific sight.Over the weekend, one lucky visitor who was over from Australia caught a brief sight of a firecrest around the shop car-park.
After a great weekend of living in the past, the dust has settled after The Lodge's Time Explorers2 event. We return to the present today and look forward to the future again.It ws great fun watching children adding wool from our Manx Loaghtan sheep to fill in our giant Wooly Mammoth and making brilliant pots and figures from clay.Will Lord, the prehistoric flintknapper and the team smelting weapons near the Iron Age hillfort drew the crowds and great images were created at the cave art tent. All in all , a really interesting, fun and friendly weekend, highlighting the historical and archaeological heritage here at The Lodge.
I'll post some images of the event later in the week.
Our spotted flycatchers fledged four healthy young at the weekend. While I stood outside the shop this morning I could see several of the youngsters flitting about, they certainly have caught the knack for catching flies! Hopefully ma and pa will nest a second time - they have been showing interest in the high diamond shaped windows on the front of the shop.