A giant sculpture of a hedgehog has been installed on London’s Clapham Common to mark the launch of Sir David Attenborough’s new BBC television series Natural Curosities.
The seven-foot-tall sculpture features more than 2,000 wooden spines and fur made of willow and coconut fibbers, and was created by a team of artists over the course of two months.
The RELEAF London Partnership will undertake a new survey of London’s trees and woodlands this summer to establish the benefits they provide and put a value on them.
It will be the world’s largest urban forest survey and 200 volunteers are needed to take part. You will be out in the field for about four days, helping to protect the Capital’s woodlands for future generations by looking at and measuring tress across Greater London.
The volunteers will receive training in the use of the US Forest Service’s i-tree methodology and be accredited as an i-Tree Eco London 2014 surveyor. If you’d like to take part, contact Jim Smith at the Forestry Commission at email@example.com
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Huge waves batter Newhaven Lighthouse. Pic by Getty.
Scientists from the Met Office have described this winter as the wettest on record and have warned that the recent stormy weather could be linked to climate change.
In an open letter published in The Times and signed by weather experts, including the Met Office’s chief scientist Dame Julia Slingo, said the risk of flooding is increasing with global warming.
The letter states: “We have looked at the potential influence of climate change and all the evidence from observations, theory and models which show that a warming world leads to more intense daily and hourly rainfall. When we add rising sea levels, then the risk to our communities from serious flooding and coastal inundation are increasing with climate change.”