Monday, 29 October 2012

Think about the wildlife



Bonfires
Please see the advice above - many people start building a bonfire months in advance of 5th November. It's normally great to be prepared, but in this case animals like hedgehogs and some mice can move in to the pile of wood, thinking "Great! Somewhere to hibernate!" Then they get burnt to death when the bonfire is lit during their hibernation. Therefore please build bonfires in one location, and move the wood to another place nearby before lighting it, in order to make sure that there is no wildlife nesting in there. Then the bonfire can be a cruelty-free celebration for everyone. There is further advice here.

Fireworks
As well as being a wasteful way of watching your money go up in smoke (and sparks), many domestic pets and wild animals are terrified of fireworks. Therefore, if you must light them, please restrict fireworks to the 5th November only - at least that way it is just one night that scares the animals, not a whole week (or longer) of terror! Better yet, consider something less destructive. Here are some useful links:

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Transport in Ceredigion


Cars
Are you interested in lift sharing? midwalescarshare.com lets you register journeys where you could share your car with a passenger, or register to find journeys that match where you want to go. It's an environmentally-friendlier option than one car per person, and is also much cheaper when someone else is sharing the petrol cost!


Public transport
This month there will be a workshop where people can discuss the good and bad points of public transport in Ceredigion. It is organised by the Public Transport Users’ Committee (PTUC), an independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for public transport in Wales on strategic issues relating to public transport.

The workshop will be in Aberystwyth on Tuesday October 30 from 13.00 till 15.00 in the Merched Y Wawr Building, Vulcan Street, Aberystwyth. There will be refreshments. The workshop is open to anyone who wants to come and discuss transport integration issues in the Aberystwyth area.

Contact Elly Foster at ellyfoster@tiscali.co.uk or by phone on: 01570 471476 for more information.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The cove


The slaughter of 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales occurs in Japan each year. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through March of the next year, fishermen herd whole families of small cetaceans into a shallow bays, then stab them to death (or leave them to drown once mortally wounded) until the water turns red with blood. There is more information on the Sea Shepherd site (including how you can help) and Facebook pages. They also have a page of videos.