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Moths May 9 2022

Some Moth catches are not huge but can still deliver a great variety
56 observations
25 species

You can find all these and more records on the Kintaline inaturalist

5 Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis
4 Twenty-plume Moth Alucita hexadactyla
3 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica
3 Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta
2 Northern Cockchafer Melolontha hippocastani
2 Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata
2 Nut-Tree Tussock Colocasia coryli
2 Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa
2 Parsnip Webworm Depressaria radiella
1 Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae
1 BroWn House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
1 Wormwood Pug Eupithecia absinthiata
1 White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella
1 Glaucous Shears Moth Papestra biren
1 Barred Umber Plagodis pulveraria
1 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi
1 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
1 Small Square-Spot Diarsia rubi
1 Brown Silver-Line Petrophora chlorosata
1 Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis
1 Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma
1 Pine Beauty Panolis flammea
1 Bordered White Bupalus piniaria
1 Spruce Carpet Thera britannica
1 White-pinion Spotted Lomographa bimaculata

 

Red list of Heritage Crafts

we are losing heritage crafts : those practiced for more than 2 generations :
So many are perfect replacements of the plastic disposable society we have to change.
So many would be perfect complements to the diverse products from regenerative agriculture and in so would support and grow our communities and economy.
Represent our intangible cultural heritage : living heritage : oral history : represent local areas,
The PROCESS of creating is as important as the creations themselves .. we are often fixated on preserving items, but not how they were made
UK is not signed up to the Convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. (yet)
The Heritage Crafts Association holds the Red list of Endangered Crafts
You can explore the crafts individually on their website https://heritagecrafts.org.uk/redlist/

244 on the list, of which 56 are critically endangered and more detail is being added all the time

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone winter 2021

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has come into force across Great Britain as of 5pm on 3 November 2021. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their birds from avian influenza. For more information see GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#AIPZ, GOV.SCOT: https://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-outbreaks/ and GOV.WALES: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update

Potato milk – high carb processed food

There seems to be an increasing drive to poison our population with yet more over processed, high carb diet that is so injurious to our health.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59049400

Milk from the humble spud is set to be one of 2022’s biggest food trends, according to supermarket Waitrose’s annual Food and Drink report.

Researchers have predicted that the market for dairy alternatives could almost double over the next five years, as increased dairy allergies and concerns about its environmental impact push shoppers to look for plant-based options.

Land to water pollution

How many ways can we destroy our water supplies – rivers and sea ?

With the increasing numbers of people, increasingly volatile weather, and dependence on so many chemical inputs in our life, we have chosen to allow massive amounts of pollution into our water.

Looking at changing from a linear economy where the focus is on greed, on more more more, that creates more waste, dependent on fossil fuels and then more waste.. we can take big steps to change this
It will not be simple .. we are coming into an era of massive need for innovation, enginneering, opportunities to do things differently.

How do we address each of these threats

  • Fertilisers, pesticides and other land use chemicals
  • Soil erosion and run off
  • Raw sewage effluent
  • Industrial plant effluent
  • Nuclear plant effluent.
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Sewage – a resource not a waste

In the latter part of 2021 we have increasing reports of raw sewage being allowed to be discharged into water courses, in the name of Covid and Brexit issues.
Once again we chose to make the worst environmental decisions, and those who need to be taking responsibility are being allowed to profit without consequence.

Sewage is a RESOURCE .. “humanure” – a highly valuable resource that we humans, the millions of us, daily evacuate and then treat as WASTE.

There are now many issues with this as a resource that we need to face and resolve. (time of innovation, engineering and opportunity)

  • the heavy metals in our sewage system – so stop using it and replace our humanure collection with alternatives and deal with the heavy metals.
  • Drugs in our systems – the use of the pill for the past 50 years has advanced the welfare of women tremendously, but now threatens our water species.

links (will add more)
https://www.theriverstrust.org/key-issues/sewage-in-rivers

The Sphinx .. packed ice sheet remnant

Scotland’s most famous snow patch is now smaller than an A4 sheet of paper according to experts and could be gone in 48 hours if the mild weather holds.

Against all the odds, the snow patch – which is known as the Sphinx – has clung on “by its fingertips” after it was expected to disappear earlier in the month.
The presence of the Sphinx dates back hundreds of years but two weeks ago mountaineers began warning that it was unlikely to survive the week.

If it melts, it will be the third time in five years this has occurred. Prior to that, it has only disappeared five times in the last 300 years.

Snow patch expert Iain Cameron has been closely following the Sphinx’s chilling final days.

He believes it will likely melt in the next 48 hours thanks to the wet and mild conditions at Braeriach, the UK’s third-highest mountain where the Sphinx is located.

 

 

Scotland’s most famous patch of snow clings on – but will it survive until COP26?