A bit more botany for beginners
Saturday 4 July was not just an important day in the release from lockdown, but marked #NationalMeadowsDay, an opportunity to celebrate one of the UK’s most beautiful, and now increasingly vanishing, habitats. The scale of loss of species rich grassland is incredible, with 7.5 million acres – that’s over 97% – of the UK’s meadows and other flower-rich grasslands lost since the 1930s. When you think that one acre of species-rich grassland can be home to nine million flowers on a single day in summer, that’s a lot of flowers, pollen and nectar as insect feed, missing from the countryside. While this in itself may seem a concern only to a few specialists, it’s actually a lot more important than that. Two thirds of all crop species are insect pollinated, and the lack of pollinators, especially bees, is causing serious financial loss worldwide. Wildlife agencies and charities are agreed that heavily mown grasslands are in effect, “green deserts”, providing very limited biodiversity and, particularly, food for insects, hence also restricting numbers of birds that would otherwise feed on these. For example, see Alys Fowler’s piece in the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2019/apr/24/why-you-should-turn-lawn-into-wildflower-meadow.
There are several areas within villages that with a bit less aggressive cutting and some planting could be transformed into something much more interesting. There may even be funding for this from organisations such as Grow Wild (https://www.growwilduk.com/).
If anyone is interested, my own bit of species-rich grassland is just coming towards its best.
HADDO MEDICAL GROUP HAVE THIS CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION/UPDATE
Due to the evolving Coronavirus situation, Haddo Medical Group are taking proactive steps to minimise the exposure risk to all of our patients and staff. In line with this, we are actively trying to minimise footfall into the practice during this time.
• All requests for appointments will be triaged.
• Reception staff will continue to take details and you will be contacted by a clinician.
• If you require an appointment, please contact the surgery by telephone.
• More appointments will be dealt with over the telephone.
Please do not attend the surgery unless you have been advised to by a clinician.
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• If you already have a pre-booked appointment, you may be contacted to change this to a telephone appointment.
• If you are not contacted, please attend the surgery as normal.
• We might not have been able to contact you as for some patients we do not have an up to date number.
• Please ensure we have an up to date telephone number and where possible email address.
• You can still request prescriptions via the online service.
• To reduce your need to come to the Surgery, you can hand your prescription request directly to Tarves Pharmacy.
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• Where possible, do not take your prescription request to the surgery.
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• Unless you specifically need a carer with you, please attend the surgery alone.
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At present, GP practices have no ability to test for Coronavirus. Information about most medical conditions, including Coronavirus, can be found online at NHS inform
Many of us will likely only experience mild symptoms, however it is absolutely vital that we do all we can to protect the most vulnerable people in our community. We are aware that this is a very difficult time and appreciate your patience and understanding as this situation evolves.
Please note that these are unprecedented times and we ask that all patients remain calm while all NHS Services are
put under additional strain.
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YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE – FILL IN THIS SURVEY
There are just a few days left to respond to Aberdeenshire Council’s transport survey. The Council is doing a ‘clean sheet’ consultation about services and what is required by Aberdeenshire’s citizens.
Please click on the link below to the Aberdeenshire Council Transport survey. The closing date is next Monday 9th December 2019. So people still have time to give their valuable view on the future of Bus Services in Aberdeenshire.
Cllr Paul Johnston
Come along and enjoy fun, fine pieces and go home with something ready for Christmas that you’ve made
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