This blog reports on the progress of the bird and wildlife projects (http://www.littleoakgroup.com/) that I am working on/in including wildlife news and sightings, conservation news, developments and events.
1. BEDDINGTON FARMLANDS AND THE WANDLE VALLEY REGIONAL PARK (The Local Patch)
http://www.wandlevalleypark.org.uk/. The Wandle Valley Regional Park (WVRP) is a linear park that runs the entire length of the River Wandle from source to mouth (see fig 1). The WVRP will be the South London equivalent of the Lee Valley Regional Park in North London.
The Wandle Valley Regional Park
Beddington Farmlands Restoration Plan
BEDDINGTON FARMLANDS WEBSITE
BEDDINGTON FARMLANDS WEBSITE
In order to integrate and link Beddington Farmlands to the River Wandle and the wider Wandle Valley Regional Park green corridors are being developed through the neighbouring settlement of Hackbridge to connect the farmlands to the river. Hackbridge is also part of a major initiative to become the most sustainable suburb in Greater London and the green spaces are being managed in a way to benefit wildlife- so in effect the neighbouring village will become part of the nature reserve habitats.
Partners and friends in this major project include the Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust, Viridor, The London Borough of Sutton, Beddington Farmlands Bird Group, The London Wildlife Trust, The London Natural History Society, The Widlfowl and Wetlands Trust, GIGL, The RSPB, The Hackbridge and Beddington Corner Neighbourhood Development Group, MKA Ecology, Lysanne Horrox Gardens and my business Little Oak (see below) .
2. BIRD AND WILDLIFE EXPLORATION OF THE AZORES (The Foreign Patch)
Corvo, the Azores
My foreign patch is the Azores. Over the last 13 years I have been involved in various exploration trips looking for and studying nearctic vagrants, migrants, gulls and seabirds.
In recent years we have been organising exploration trips for groups:
I am a member of the Portuguese Raritiies Committee which is part of the Birdlife International Partner SPEA and I specialise in the recording of Rare and Scare Birds from the Azores: http://www.spea.pt/en/birdwatching/portuguese-rarities-committee/
Partners and friends in this project include SPEA, Archipelago Choice, Azores Tourist Board, Commodore Guesthouse Corvo, DivingGraciosa, GerbyBirding, Birding Azores, Azores Birders and Azores Nature.
3. LITTLE OAK
My money job is running Little Oak Tree and Garden Care with my brother Steve. We carry out nature friendly green space management in our local area. I often comes across interesting wildlife while at work and mostly enjoy habitat creating jobs that attract more wildlife to the areas we work.
More on Little Oak here: http://www.littleoakenvironmental.co.uk/
LITTLE OAK WEBSITE
4. THE BALKAN ECOLOGY PROJECT
My other brother Paul is living out in Bulgaria with his family and is running a wildlife friendly farming project which I visit regularly and help out with the wildlife side of things.
5. GHANA PROJECT
Our most recent project is working with Ghana Birding Tour Adventures exploring a relatively uncharted rain forest area and setting up open source recording systems.
This blog also reports on my time in Oxfordshire due to family commitments, birding and nature holidays abroad as I work on my WP list and a bit of world birding. Also there are occasional updates on events with our nature themed music and art project aimed at young audiences: http://www.theebryans.com/
It's basically all about the development of sustainable futures and to re-invent/ tweak/ overhaul systems to achieve biodiversity gains using these projects as examples of independent efforts towards achieving that collective objective.
For a summary on it all http://www.littleoakgroup.com/