However, we can reverse our footprint on the environment by a number of means. Whether it’s making large efforts or simple ones, there are many ways you can help preserve the health of the environment.
Here are some ways you can implement changes very easily at home:
- Recycle household waste
- Invest in canvas bags for shopping
- Recycle grey water
- Take shorter showers
- Repair clothes or use for rags
If you want to get involved a little further, you could join an environmental community group such as the local The Turner Hodgkiss Community Nature Reserve in Loggerheads:
The objectives of this group, which is run by volunteers, are to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment. This also includes promoting biodiversity, to advance the education of the public in the understanding of the natural environment and in particular (but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) to protect and improve for the benefit of the public the land known as the Turner Hodgkiss Community Nature Reserve.
Since 2008 a group of volunteers & Staffordshire Wildlife Trust have been caring and protecting this space to preserve and conserve wildlife habitats of Staffordshire and to promote understanding, enjoyment and involvement in the natural world.
The Community Wildlife Reserve is a place of peace and tranquility for all residents to enjoy.
When can I visit?
The Reserve is open daily during daylight hours. Paths have been put in place along with low fences as well as a number of benches. You will also find rockeries, log piles & a small pond was dug for visitors to enjoy. Dogs are also welcome on a lead.
You will find lots of it! The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust carried out a plant survey and found 95 different flowering plants. The Mammal Society have also carried out a survey and trained the volunteers how to safely trap and handle small mammals, which are then released back in the place where they were trapped. The Reserve has bank voles, wood mice and common shrews. With the aid of day and night time “trail cam” recording, visitors also include a hedgehog, a badger and foxes (including cubs) as well as frogs, toads, smooth and great crested newts in the pond. The Reserve is a healthy wildlife habitat.
How to get involved
Volunteers meet on the first Saturday each month as a work party and the third Saturday each month to carry out survey work from 10am to noon (free coffee is at 11am). Newcomers are welcome to drop in.
Volunteers surveys having recorded 95 different bird species and both Pipperstrelle and Noctule bats have been recorded in flight. A local moth expert also visited the site on a number of occasions recording 2,701 different moth and micro moth species.
To become involved or for more information, please ring Eric on 01630 673543 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to find the nature reserve
They are 200 metres North along Pinewood Road from the junction, B5026 Eccleshall Road, opposite Pinewood Farm.
Approximately ½ mile from Loggerheads and 7.2 miles from Eccleshall.
Post code TF9 4QE – map reference 747 354