Category Archives: Wildlife

Wildlife champions needed for the Blooming Burbage project

I would like to connect with other Burbage people who are interested in wildlife-friendly gardening and/or who want to help make Burbage a haven for wildlife.

As well as turning my own garden into a pesticide-free wildlife-friendly zone I have persuaded Burbage Parish Council to join the Hedgehog Awareness Scheme and to try leaving un-mown strips in some parks, and they have promised that they don’t use any neonicotinoids on their land.

I have also asked the Environment Agency to survey Sketchley Brook to see what can be done to reverse the silting up and accumulation of debris and bankside growth, and I hope we can organise a clear up party.

Some suggestions of other things we can do are:

  • manage some or all of our own gardens as wildlife-friendly areas
  • tell our friends and neighbours what we are doing
  • put pictures and stories about our gardens on social media
  • write to local papers about the need to protect wildlife
  • write/email/tweet to Burbage Parish Council to praise them for their positive actions
  • write/email/tweet to Burbage Parish Council to complain about their negative actions (like obsessive edge-to-edge mowing in parks, destruction of hedgerows, and weedkiller spraying, all in the name of ‘neatness’)
  • use the parish council’s ‘suggestions box’ to suggest improvements
  • write/email/tweet to Royal Mail to complain about the rubber bands their posties drop (because they kill and injure hedgehogs and other wildlife)
  • go out and pick up litter, especially harmful stuff like rubber bands, hair bands, four-pack plastic loops, bottles, ring pulls and cans
  • ask the candidates for the Burbage Parish Council election in July what they will do to protect our wildlife and its habitats

If you are a wildlife champion and you want to be part of the initiative which makes Burbage the leading parish in Leicestershire for biodiversity please email ­čÖé

Find us on Twitter: @BloomingBurbij
And on Facebook: Blooming Burbage Wildlife Friendly Gardening

Freestyle Burbage Photography Competition October 2015

birdfeederIt’s turning into a colourful autumn and there will be lots of opportunities to take pictures in Burbage.

Your picture could win this beautifully simple hanging bird feeder made from recycled plastic plant pots by ashortwalk in Cornwall.

IMG_20151003_123551_865The competition is open to everyone of any age, and you can take pictures with your camera, phone or tablet (please see full rules below).

You can find out more about ashortwalk and their products at

 The rules

  1. The theme is ‘autumn’ and the winning picture will be the one which, in the opinion of the judges, best captures the season.
  2. The competition is open to anyone of any age, except professional photographers.
  3. Each entrant can submit up to 4 pictures.
  4. Only pictures taken in the parish of Burbage in Leicestershire (including Burbage Common and Woods) are eligible.
  5. Pictures can be in jpeg, PNG or gif format. Tehnical quality will be taken into account but is not the most important factor in judging.
  6. Pictures can only be accepted by online submission as follows:
    • including as an attachment to a comment on this page, or
    • attaching to an email to, or
    • adding to a tweet or direct message to twitter account @FreestyleBurbij
  7. Only entries received by midnight on 31 October 2015 can be accepted.
  8. Only pictures which have not previously been published or won any competition can be accepted.
  9. By entering this competition you agree to your pictures being used by Freestyle Burbage in our publicity, but copyright of all submitted pictures remains with the photographer.

The entries

These are the pictures you sent us for the competition (so far)…




Bat detector for hire

Bat detectorWe now have a bat detector which was paid for with donated money so I think we should treat it as a community asset. It’s a basic model but does a good job and is great for letting you know where the bats are (to make them easier to see) and what kind they are.

Bats will be active for another month or more so if anyone would like to borrow it for a day or two please email

I’ll need a ┬ú5 returnable deposit and a donation of ┬ú1 or more, or free if you’ve already given us a donation. I can deliver in my corner of Burbage or you can collect.