If you have reached this page on the Abingdon Naturalists' Society website you evidently care about nature and the environment - that's your environment! The links on this page point to campaigns through which ordinary, non-specialist people can take action to help nature either directly or by encouraging those with power on a wider scale to care more for the environment and biodiversity.

HEDGEHOGS need your help!

One of our favourite garden visitors is under threat

DEFRA has recently approved the use of the A24 trap in England (pending in Wales and Scotland) and BHPS are very concerned about it.

The traps are sold to kill hedgehogs (amongst other species), in New Zealand where hedgehogs are a non-native and considered a ‘pest’ species.

Following DEFRA approval, the traps can now be used in the UK, where Hedgehogs are supposed to be a protected species.

SIGN the BHPS petition against the trap that kills hedgehogs.

Help Save Britain's Bees

Our bees are facing an unprecedented crisis. They’ve lost much of their natural habitat in the past 60 years (including 97 per cent of wildflower-rich meadows) and are under assault from pesticides and intensive farming. But by creating bee friendly spaces where we live, we can start to replace and restore some of this lost habitat and help Britain bloom for bees.

The Bee & Bee guide from Friends of the Earth will show you how to provide bees near you with a comfy bed, a nutritious breakfast, and a refreshing water supply.

Road Verges

Rural road verges can be vital refuge for wildflowers.

Road verges are the life-giving arteries of the countryside, linking habitats and acting as vital corridors which can support a remarkably diverse range of species... but only if managed sensitively. Find out more and join Plantlife’s Road Verge Camaign to urge your local council to adopt Plantife's guidance on road verge management.

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Swifts – love them or lose them

Swift numbers have declined dramatically over the last 20 years. One reason is that nest sites are lost when buildings are demolished or refurbished.

Swift nest sites can be created by incorporating swift bricks  in new buildings and during renovation or by fixing swift boxes on existing buildings. Find out more about helping swifts from the Swift Conservation website.