Cathy's Blog: take up a challenge?

We are often asked to ‘take up a challenge’ for a good cause on a named day (or week or month). So, what one is it now?

Suffolk Day (Wed 21 June) celebrated all things Suffolk and it made me wonder what conservation ‘days’ are being celebrated. Do you realise that Monday 10 July is ‘Don’t Step on a Bee Day’? Building awareness of bees is important to help improve their fate, and as many bees live at ground level the ‘don’t step’ message is a useful one!

Welcome to Plastic Free July – the challenge being to refuse or not use ‘single use plastic’s’. And Mon 24 – Sun 30 July is National Parks Week. We may not need a reminder to appreciate our local Broads National Park, but isn’t it great to be invited to do so with special events during the week. The 46 AONB’s nationally will celebrate ‘Outstanding Week’ from Sat 16 – Sun 24 September. Locally we welcome hearing from anyone holding an event during that week so we can celebrate your conservation efforts too.

A key event in ‘Outstanding Week is the national Great British Beach Clean (Fri 15 – Mon 18 September).

Now is the time to sign up at And remember, you don’t have to wait until September to pick up litter while beachcombing… A great ‘find’, as well as collecting plastics and rubbish, by Earl Soham primary school beach clean event, was a flint arrowhead!

And if you missed National Meadows Day on Sat 1 July it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your local meadow TODAY, so take a walk to and an ID (identification) booklet with you, to enjoy learning a few names. For a day or regularly, in conjunction with the Stour Valley Volunteers or other reserve volunteers, you could help manage a wildlife site – now is the perfect time to pull up Himalayan Balsam (a non-native species usually found near water, by rivers or ponds) or help cut the meadows to encourage future wildflower diversity.

These awareness days may start ‘just for a day’… but they focus awareness and celebration of conservation objectives, helping us make the effort for conservation every day…

First published in the East Anglian Daily Times July 2017

By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

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