Monthly Archives: March 2013

Not your everyday station buskers..

Alex Moorehead's Photography Blog

March 1st 2013 marked the beginning of the 3 week ‘tiger tracks’ programme at St Pancras International station in London. The idea of the event being to help raise awareness of tigers in the wild and steps that everyone can take to help keep them from future extinction.
To kick the event off on the stage in the Grand Terrace, we’re none other than Legendary guitarist and song writer Brian May and West End star Kerry Ellis. It started at 6pm and was a free 30 minute piece for anyone in the station to see.
I managed to catch the end of a quick rehearsal about an hour before, so stayed around for 6pm too. Below are some of the images I took at the event.

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Welsh charity hits £2m rainforest target

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Welsh campaigners have protected an area of rainforest the size of Wales (that’s 2 million hectares), after they hit their £2m target yesterday, St David’s Day.

The Size of Wales charity was launched in 2010 to bring everyone in Wales together as part of a national response to climate change, and the conservation projects that will benefit include:

  • An RSPB project in Sierra Leone’s Gola rainforest.
  • A project to help the Ashaninka people to preserve forest in Peru.
  • A new legally protected area in Madagascar. Funds here will pay for a sustainable forestry management, educating people to understand the risks of overexploitation, and strengthening land rights.

The charity will now focus on encouraging other countries to set up similar initiatives.  The Welsh Environment Minister, John Griffiths, said: “I am very proud of Wales. We are the first country in the world to help to protect an area of tropical forests equivalent to its own size and I am calling on other countries to follow our lead – for the benefit of our climate, our forests and the wildlife and people that depend upon them.”

Denmark is considering launching a tropical forest initiative equivalent to its size (4 million hectares) and Ireland has launched the Size of Phoenix Park project as a first step in improving tropical forest protection.

Where to watch red squirrels in the UK

Tammy Tour Guide

The red squirrel is one of Britain’s iconic species. With its rusty-orange coat, tufted ears and bushy red tail this cute creature is everyone’s favourite small mammal.

But it’s also one of the most elusive of our wildlife species not least because it is now confined largely to northern England, Scotland and parts of Wales.

Sadly this beautiful creature is now absent in most of southern England except for a small colony on the Isle of Wight and two small islands in Poole Harbour.

So imagine my joy last week when we saw not one but three very active red squirrels on a trip to Grasmere in the English Lake District.

They were a few feet away from the camper van, running up and down trees, chasing each other and feeding on a large cache of nuts!

I’m lucky enough to live in northern England so I’ve seen red squirrels before…

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Arctic drilling plans put on ice

Pic by Greenpeace

Pic by Greenpeace

An unexpected thing happened on Wednesday. Shell cancelled its plans to drill this summer in the Alaskan Arctic this year after a series of costly accidents.

“Our decision to pause in 2013 will give us time to ensure the readiness of all our equipment and people,” said Marvin E. Odum of Shell.

President Obama ordered a federal inquiry into Shell’s Arctic drilling programme after the oil company suffered numerous setbacks last year in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, including running its drilling rig aground on Sitkalidak Island, and the US Coast Guard has listed 16 safety violations on the rig.

“This is the first thing Shell’s done right in Alaska — calling it quits,” said Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA. “Now the responsible decision is to make Arctic drilling off limits, forever.”