onlineFOCUS – News and Stuff For Rochford District since 2003

 

July 12th, 2012 |

Join In The Big Butterfly Count !

The Guardian explains things pretty well here:


If this summer’s 50 shades of grey are getting you down, imagine how miserable it is to be a winged insect. In what is shaping up to be the worst year on record for butterflies, Sir David Attenborough on Wednesday urged people to find a window of sunshine and join the biggest butterfly count in the world.
.
The wettest April for a century and the dampest June on record has left lepidopterists despairing about the fate of Britain’s 59 species, almost three quarters of which are in decline and one third are in danger of extinction.
.
Launching the third year of Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count, the biggest citizen science project of its kind in the world, Attenborough said it was more important than ever to discover if butterflies are dodging the downpour. The count, in which people are asked to record online all the common species they spot in a 15-minute window in their garden or local park, will alert conservationists to the species most in danger so efforts can be better targeted to prevent their extinction.

You can find out more on the Big Butterfly Count website.

You simply download and print their identification chart and spend 15 minutes when its sunny noting what butterflies you see.

You could do this in a garden, or park or field, or one of our woods. You can then submit your findings, and they go onto an interactive map:

A couple of thoughts :

  • Our district doesn’t have any results yet on the map
  • This is a reminder of how important wildflower meadows are in places like Sweyne Park.
  • Leave a Reply


    4 − two =

    You can add images to your comment by clicking here.

    Choose the layout you want to see

    April 2014
    M T W T F S S
    « Mar    
     123456
    78910111213
    14151617181920
    21222324252627
    282930  

    Who We Are

    We are Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners in Rochford District.
    We want to improve local decision-making and we see onlineFOCUS as a good way of keep residents informed and involved.
    Please click here to email us .

    viewfrommount

    Comments Policy

    We welcome your comments, they are very important to us. However please note:
    * We may not necessarily agree with the comments made by our readers
    * We ask everyone to treat people with respect when making a comment. No personal abuse please.



    Daily Reporting by Chris Black

    With support from:
    Ron Oatham Ron Oatham Bruce Smart Bruce Smart Chris Stanley Chris Stanley

    Latest Comments

    • Brian Guyett: I think its appropriate to ask WHY make this statement at this time. What is their aim?
    • Jim Cripps: So , £2.1 million spent over 7 years and they have only just realised that the Core Plan ( for each...
    • A.mattbhews: Without breaking any code of conduct,I would like to say I am somewhat surprised at the Councillors...
    • Christine Paine: I was staggered and am still spluttering with disbelief/rage to read in the Echo tonight that...
    • Jim Cripps: A good point Brian , in fact it is now obvious that most Towns & Villages in all the SE Essex...
    • Corey Vost: It is becoming increasingly obvious that ECC Highways have precious little intention of adopting this...
    • Christine Paine: Thanks Chris. I think noise depends to a great extent on wind direction. At least, with quite a few...
    • Tom Smith: Thanks
    • Chris Black: Christine – I spoke to the licensing people yesterday. They visited the site the day before with...
    • Chris Black: Hi Tom – its a good question, things have gone quiet on that. I will try to find out.
    • Tom Smith: Hi, Is the Waste recycling centre still being moved from Castle Road to this area? There seem to be no...
    • Brian Guyett: A welcome, overdue initiative but I agree with John Mason – we need to consider the whole...
    • Jim Cripps: PS: And can you explain how a party political leaflet “in touch” has the authority to cancel...
    • A.mattbhews: Please note this is not a flood prevention solution but is the replacement of a foul sewer . Despite...
    • Jim Cripps: Well done Chris/ John and sorely needed as they have already cancelled two promises ( RTSSC & new...
    • Jim Cripps: Two quotes for you :- Cllr K Hudson via Evening Echo ( Fri 11th April ) – “The process we...
    • Jim Cripps: That is exactly why it is later ( negative election impact ) , however all the voters need to do is ask...
    • Jim Cripps: Greenbelt – it is’nt the same show ( the Battlesbridge one is in June ), the one last weekend...
    • John Mason: As far as I can see “by 9 April” quoted in your Article allowed “the 5 day rule”...
    • Greenbelt: The ‘RaveR 17; type event last year which caused many complaints on this site was clearly audible...
    • Christine Paine: We could hear it over the television. I’ve got nothing against the showground as such,...
    • admin: I would think you can hear it over half of Rayleigh, with the windows closed….
    • admin: Not sure…
    • John Mason: So what happens next please?

    Recent Posts


    Lib Dem logo
    Legal Statement for the purposes of complying with electoral law: This website is published and promoted by by Bruce Smart at 12 Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, on behalf of Liberal Democrat Candidates all at 12 Ferndale Road, Rayleigh The technology and hosting used for this website is provided by 1&1 Internet Limited, The Nova Building, Herschel Street Slough SL1 1XS

    Technical Help : Graham Osborn

    Posts with Most Comments

    Categories

    Categories

    Asda or Makro Council Budget Crime & Policing District Core Strategy District Wide Elections Essex & East Future Housing Green Belt Highways & Parking History and Culture Hockley Hullbridge Leisure and Sport Liberal Democrats Local Democracy Local Facilities National Politics No Category Planning Applications Rawreth Rayleigh Rochford Web Stuff

    The Core Strategy

    This is the official master document for planning policy in our district! To download it, click here click here. (2.5mb)

    Planning Applications…

    If you want information on a particular planning application, you can find it on the District Council website here.

    If you want to know what new planning applications have been submitted this week, click here.

    Reporting A Problem

    If you want to report a problem, you can email Lib Dems councillors by clicking here.
    There's also an independent website called FixMyStreet. It's very good for reporting minor street problems like holes in the road, grafitti or failed streetlights. You can find FixMyStreet here.

    The Roads That Need Repairing


    The County Council admitted in July that over 200 roads in our district need repairing! They say they will fix them by May 2013. Click here to see the list.

    Essex Political Blogs

    History

    Lib Dem Websites

    Local Council Websites

    Local Info

    Non-Political Stuff

    Other Lib Dem Blogs

    Planning Issues

    Join Your Local Team

    If you read onlineFOCUS for a while you can see the kind of things we are trying to achieve locally. Maybe you would like to help us?


    If you fancy helping us deliver leaflets, or actively campaigning for us at election time, or simply just helping behind the scenes with paperwork, please contact the onlineFOCUS team here.

    “Rayleigh was the birthplace of Britain’s first surviving quintuplets, but that’s just one of its many claims to fame”

    When the Olympic Torch came to Rayleigh, Chris Black wrote about the town in the Guardian - read it here

    Join the National Team

    If you would like email updates on what the Lib Dems are doing nationally, click here.
    If you would like to join the Lib Dems click here.

    Meta