[NetBehaviour] Fwd: Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 20:23:32 CET 2019


"Il faut cultiver notre jardin" (which is one of my favourite quotes 
anyway).

On 11/02/2019 09:01, Helen Varley Jamieson wrote:
>
> that is very inspiring, mez! when i'm living in new zealand i have a 
> small inner city garden which with a little work is very productive & 
> a nice place for many insects & birds, but in germany i'm limited to 
> the balcony. i've had an "insect hotel" on it for a couple of years 
> but no insects have shown any interest in it yet. we do get bees, 
> mostly bumble bees, & various other insects but really not very many 
> at all. i grow many herbs including those you mention, flowers & some 
> vegies, but if you have any good tips for helping insect life on a 
> balcony, please tell!
>
> a great resource - new zealand specific but with a lot that's relevant 
> to elsewhere - is the nz organic magazine, https://organicnz.org.nz/. 
> i'm biased because my sister is the editor, but really it's a 
> fantastic magazine & is not only about organics but also about soil & 
> wider environmental issues from industiral farming to helpful 
> information for home gardeners wanting to be more organic & insect 
> friendly. you can subscribe to a digital issue or get the hardcopy 
> delivered anywhere in the world.
>
> it's a dire situation but all of these small things we do ourselves do 
> make a difference!
>
> h : )
>
> On 11.02.19 04:56, Mez Breeze via NetBehaviour wrote:
>> Terrible news. Just one of the reasons why these days I live a life 
>> devoted in equal parts to permaculture and creativity: the 
>> permaculture setup here is specifically for insect/bird/reptile 
>> populations as much as its a functional setup for human food 
>> production. It requires no pesticides or herbicides, and crops grown 
>> here are selected in part for their bee and pollinator appeal 
>> [rosemary, sage, borage, oregano, big variety of vegies, have water 
>> gardens to hydrate insects that have avenues for escape if insects 
>> fall in the water, 5 bays housing homemade compost helps, a crazy 
>> number of fruit trees, flowers etc]. And although I do live rurally, 
>> I'm also 2 blocks away from the main street of town, so it's doable 
>> anywhere.
>>
>> If anyone on this list wants advice, tips, or any other help or info 
>> related to getting started developing an insect-friendly garden [can 
>> be as small as a balcony garden], let me know. I'm more than happy to 
>> help on topics ranging from soil health and maintenance [where it all 
>> starts] to plant selection/water use/conservation etc.
>>
>> With Warmth,
>> Mez
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 10:44 AM Paul Hertz via NetBehaviour 
>> <netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org 
>> <mailto:netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>> wrote:
>>
>>     In Chicago, we've been wondering where the lightning bugs have
>>     gone. When I was a child in Ohio in the 1950s we used to drive
>>     out into the country to see clouds of them lifting off the fields
>>     as the last glimmers of the summer sun faded. When we moved to
>>     Chicago 30 years ago our son caught them in the backyard, in the
>>     middle of the city. I don't know if my granddaughters will grow
>>     up chasing after them, there seem to be so few that come out now.
>>
>>     -- Paul
>>
>>
>>     On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 5:27 PM Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com
>>     <mailto:sondheim at panix.com>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>         There have been a number of studies on this. And in the U.S.
>>         - when we
>>         drive across country - the same. No insects. The last
>>         'grouping' I saw was
>>         maybe ten years ago - grasshoppers escaping a wildfire near
>>         Copperton,
>>         Utah...
>>
>>         On Sun, 10 Feb 2019, Edward Picot via NetBehaviour wrote:
>>
>>         > Scary stuff from today's Guardian, for those of you who
>>         haven't seen it:
>>         >
>>         https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature
>>
>>         > .
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