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September 7, 2014 / Joanne Vere

Wildflower Meadow #3: June 2014

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The result of our wildflower meadow :) As Summer went on, it just got better and better. Can’t wait for next year!

September 7, 2014 / Joanne Vere

Puget Sound’s endangered killer whales continue decline

The result of the original aquarium captures in the 1970s. Puget Sound’s resident orcas have never recovered from their losses and became and still are, an endangered population :(

http://gu.com/p/4x6hv

April 13, 2014 / Joanne Vere

Wildflower Meadow #2: 13th April 2014

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We used Nature’s Haven ‘Easy Wildflowers’ – a mix containing corn flowers, corn poppies, oxeye daisies and corn marigolds. We used a bag and a half for our plot, which we mixed with sand to ensure we could identify which areas we had covered when setting the seed.

We then very lightly raked the soil to cover the seeds and watered the whole bed on a gentle setting to avoid washing away any of the seeds.

We saved some of the mix to fill in any gaps that may appear when the seeds start to grow. We also have some foxgloves, which we may plant in at a later date to avoid competition in the early stages.

Now we wait and hopefully we’ll be over run with a mixture of these:
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April 13, 2014 / Joanne Vere

Wildflower Meadow #1: 13th April 2014

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The veg patch in our garden has become hard work over the years, but the soil is beautiful! As mum and dad have gotten older they decided they’d prefer something lower maintenance, so we’ve decided to plant a small wildflower meadow.

Our true wildflower meadows are almost entirely lost in UK so this is a great way to restore some of the flower species we associate with such habitats and provide a haven for bees and butterflies.

I’ll be keeping my blog updated with the progress to show you how easy it is and hopefully encourage you to do the same in your garden :)

The pictures below so the patch as it was at the beginning of the year and how it looks now my mum and I have turned and raked the soil.

Off to the garden centre to pick up some seed.

April 11, 2014 / Joanne Vere

Another Legal Setback For SeaWorld: Trainers Must Stay Out Of Orca Tanks

https://www.thedodo.com/seaworld-denied-appeal-trainer-506396328.html

Yes! Another huge step forward!

April 8, 2014 / Joanne Vere

Bill To Ban Captive Orcas Put On Hold In California

https://www.thedodo.com/ca-blackfish-bill-sent-to-inte-502230212.html?xrs=Dodo_FB

“The bill was sent for interim study by the committee, who ordered that the bill be revised and returned to the committee in a year and a half.”

At least it wasn’t a ‘no’ :(

March 31, 2014 / Joanne Vere

Japan banned from Antarctic whaling

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**Crazy overwhelmed with happiness!**

So it seems like an age ago now, but remember Australia took Japan to court over their ‘scientific research’ reasoning behind their whaling industry? Well after months of debate, the UN International Court of Justice ruled today in favour of Australia!!

Japan will no longer be permitted to whale in the Antarctic after the verdict agreed that the practice was a disguise for commercial whaling and did not contribute to science.

I can’t believe I lived to see this :) Dizzy with relief. Thank you to all of you who read and support my blog and to all the fellow campaigners out there!! ♥

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26818863″>http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26818863

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