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Music news – CORNBURY festival returns with headliners THE SPECIALS, KEANE and THE BEACH BOYS (5-7 July 2019)

Posted in Classic rock, Family life, festivals, Folk, Melodic rock, News, pop, Pop rock, Progressive rock, rock with tags , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The sixteenth Cornbury Music Festival is held in The Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire 5-7 July.

Joining headliners The Specials, Keane and The Beach Boys, artists include KT Tunstall, Elkie Brooks, Trevor Horn Band, Paul Cattack and Steeleye Span.

Amongst the sideshow events The Hairy Bikers return with their “pop up” wood-fired restaurant. There’s also an Edinburgh Fringe Festival preview featuring Lost Voice Guy and Rose Matafeo, top prize winner at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2018.  Whilst on the Caffe Nero stage Chris Difford (Squeeze), The Dunwells and are amongst the participants.

Cornbury is a truly “family-friendly” event where “music-lovers share pies and a glass of champagne with superstars, toffs, rockers, crooners, Morris dancers, farmers, urbanites, fashionistas, gourmet chefs and little old ladies who make exceptional cakes”.

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30 Days Wild in June 2019

Posted in countryside, Family life, News, wildlife with tags , , , , , on May 27, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

“Try 30 Random Acts of Wildness in 30 Days! I’d love people to connect with the wildlife around them – I think lots of people don’t know how to do it… this is the perfect way to start and discover how you can make a difference. Where will your wild adventure take you?”
Gillian Burke, TV presenter, biologist and Springwatch presenter

You can join in here and I will hopefully post some of the Random Acts of Wildness I get up to with my son.

The pack you get when you sign up for #30dayswild

Postcrossing

Posted in Family life, News with tags , , , on May 21, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Postcrossing is a great idea I read about in a recent article in the weekend ‘i’ newspaper. Basically you send and receive postcards from all over the world, keeping the art of writing alive!

The idea is simple: for each postcard you send, you will receive one back from a random postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

I have sent five postcards to date and received my first one from Hong Kong –

The only downside in the UK is the cost of postage as £1.35-£1.65 per card is a tad expensive, but then posting items is generally nowadays.

It is all administered by the Postcrossing website and perfect for any age. Give it a try!

‘Let Nature Sing’ makes the Uk singles chart

Posted in birdlife, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , , on May 5, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake
Let’s celebrate bird song’s chart-topping success! Join the chorus
You did it! We’re sending you a huge, heartfelt thanks for helping get our pure bird song track Let Nature Sing into the charts at #18. What a feeling! It’s such a thrill to see what’s possible when people who love nature come together.

Keep nature’s music alive We released Let Nature Sing to make more people aware that there are 40 million fewer birds in the UK today than 50 years ago. You helped the track create a sensation – and now everyone is talking about it, and what needs to change. This is a real success.

Keep the chorus going!
Join the Chorus Hub to get exclusive articles on Let Nature Sing and nature’s rock stars.
You’ll also get our fortnightly email – the perfect way to tune in to what’s happening.
Join in the #LetNatureSing conversation on social media and let everyone know what bird song means to you.
You helped make history!
Everyone needs to listen to this. Every year fewer birds are singing Adrian Tissier, Facebook
Played this to my grandsons. Lots of smiles and laughter Elizabeth J, Twitter
It’s lovely. It’s quite the rave at some points Donna Quinnie Quinn, Facebook
 
This party’s just getting started… Let Nature Sing is coming back for an encore this summer. We can’t wait to tell you about it. Be the first to know by signing up for the Chorus Hub now. Join the chorus

Move over the ‘Birdie Song’ there is a new song in town…

Posted in birdlife, Family life, News with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Let Nature Sing’, two and a half minutes of birdsong, is being released by the RSPB to highlight the 44m birds lost since 1966 and the many more at risk.

Let Nature Sing infographic
 More than 80% of people said birdsong made them feel positive, according to YouGov.

The track was put together by Bill Barclay, the music director at Shakespeare’s Globe, and the Mercury-prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee.

Could it be a top 40 hit?

Government response to Make ‘netting’ hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting a criminal offence

Posted in countryside, Family life, News with tags , , , , on April 11, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

We can only hope the Government holds developers to task over this. In the meantime good to see community action against developers using netting in this piece. A sobering statistic on hedgerows –
“Since the 1950s the UK has lost an estimated 120,000 miles of hedgerow – amounting to four times the earth’s circumference – and, with it, prime habitat for birds and wildlife.”

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Make ‘netting’ hedgerows to prevent birds from nesting a criminal offence.”.

Government responded:

Developers must fulfil their obligation to safeguard local wildlife and habitats. Netting trees and hedgerows is only appropriate where genuinely needed to protect birds from harm during development.

On 8 April, we wrote to developers to remind them of their legal obligation to consider the impact of any project on local wildlife and, where necessary, to take precautionary action to protect their habitats. Developments should enhance natural environments, not destroy them. It is vital that developers take these words on board and play their full role to make sure we can deliver new communities in an environmentally sustainable way.

Wild birds are protected by provisions in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to cause unnecessary suffering to a bird by an act, or a failure to act, where the person concerned knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the act, or failure to act, would or be likely to cause unnecessary suffering.

Any development project must consider the impact on local wildlife and take precautionary action to protect habitat. Bird netting should be kept to a minimum, and used only to help protect birds during development.

In accordance with Natural England’s standing advice for local authorities needing to assess planning applications that affect wild birds, survey reports and mitigation plans are required for projects that could affect protected species. Our revised National Planning Policy Framework also makes clear that planning policies and decisions should contribute to and enhance the natural environment by minimising the impacts on, and providing net gains for, biodiversity. However, we plan to require developers to deliver biodiversity net gain, under new arrangements in the forthcoming Environment Bill. This will mean wildlife habitat must be left in a measurably better state than it was before any development.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Big Garden Birdwatch Results 2019 – The RSPB

Posted in birdlife, Family life, News, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

In my own Big Garden Birdwatch the house sparrow dropped from top spot, mainly down to the hedgerow being removed at the end of last year by Taylor Wimpey. Instead it was the starling at the top, followed by the sparrow, blue tit, long tailed tit and wood pigeons.

Since we have planted three new trees at the rear of the garden to go some way to replacing the lost hedgerow habitat, we have seen a few more sparrows plus a regular pair of blackbirds, a wagtail and even Jenny wren has been back to sample the delights of the bug hotel I made with my son last autumn.

Top spots

We can now reveal 2019’s results. Once again, the house sparrow has hit the top spot. At number two is the starling, closely followed by the blue tit and the blackbird.

The woodpigeon flies in at number five, followed by the goldfinch, great tit, and robin at number 8. The top eight remain the same as last year, so it’s a battle for numbers nine and 10. The chaffinch has seen off the long-tailed tit to be at number 9, and the magpie has crept in at number 10.
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