the beach, estuary and rivers

instow in bloom

weather and climate

the tarka trail and coastal path

biosphere reserve

Lundy marine conservation

the global environment.   local implications. 

One of the fundamental truths, as far as we understand the laws of science, is that time cannot be turned back. Thus are we compelled to live with the changes that mankind and nature have  wrought upon the Earth or can we with logic and common sense endeavour to undo some of the destructive activities and practices that have adversely effected our life on the planet?

There are many who find that in a small way, within their sphere of influence, they can live a more harmonious life with nature, by returning to the earth and the sea and the sky the beneficial elements that for so long we have harvested inappropriately.  Without some individual action, some small steps, we are likely at some point to leave our children, or their children in deep trouble.  Last year there was a noticeable lack of bees in our gardens, along the Tarka trail and in the Instow allotments, insignificant you might feel, over the course of a growing season, but not so,  over a number of years, when we would find that our plants and trees bare less blossom and fewer fruits as the bees they rely on for fertilisation have dwindled.  Much research is currently going on into the cause of bee decline, the verroa mite is often quoted as the responsible villain.  However equally as likely is that chemicals and fertilisers used over years in our fields and gardens are having an accumulative poisoning effect on the bees, lowering their resistance to deal with the pests that plague them. Similarly because their defences are lowered, the hives are weakend and the occupants  less likely to survive some of the cold winters we have had lately. There are a few simple steps we can take to help. Use less chemicals in your home and garden. If possible use organic composts. Plant bee friendly plants like lavender and thyme, honeysuckle and  wallflowers all lovely in their own right.   Leave ivy and other late flowering shrubs untrimmed so that bees can get a late feed of scrummy nectar to keep them going when it gets cold.

crow point in the snow