English-speaking Section January 2013 NewsletterOur Best Wishes for 2013!
natur&ëmwelt Our Principles• Our aim: the preservation of biodiversity in a diversified natural and cultural landscape.• Our approach: the protection of habitats and the sustainable use of our natural resources.• Our methods: awareness raising and advisory services; applied protection of nature and species; protection, recovery and maintenance of precious habitats; data collection and research; targeted exertion of influence on political and administrative decision-making processes.• Our basis: responsible citizens with a passion for the beauty of nature and its inherent interactions who want to leave future generations an environment worth living in.• Our partners: selected cooperation and partnerships on a national and international level.• Our team: professional staff, supported by countless volunteers.
What would you be interested in having?• natur&ëmwelt has started an international English- speaking section to reach out to the diverse community of Luxembourg to provide them with opportunities to contribute to the preservation, protection and awareness of nature and the environment.• What activities, events and outings would you be interested in having? – A Day with Nature: Guided walks with explanations in English – Fit by Nature: Getting fit by working on one of natur&ëmwelt’s nature sites – We would like to find a better name for the section. What are your ideas? – Promoting local and organic goods and services
What would you be interested in doing?• We need volunteers. We need YOU!• How can you help? Some ideas are …• Informing your friends, family, colleagues and contacts who have an interest in biodiversity, nature and the environment about our events and activities• Translating communication into English – We need you to help us translate www.naturemwelt.lu into English• Being a guide for an outing, such as bird watching and “A Day with Nature”• Participating in the work programmes ‘Fit by Nature’ to protect biodiversity in Luxembourg in autumn 2012 and winter 2013• Joining the committee to help organise some of the above• Finding other volunteers
Translation• We need your help to translate web pages that are related to promoting membership, donations, and project-related work.• You do not need to be a professional translator to help us!• Tools such as these can do most of the work for you: – http://translate.google.com – http://www.linguee.com/• What web pages of www.naturemwelt.lu do you think are important to translate?
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Membership• 4 issues a year of its journal Regulus with articles and information on nature conservation• 12 issues of the digital newsletter of natur & ëmwelt with news and events• Participation in concrete protection measures (planting and maintaining hedgerows, orchards, construction of ponds, etc.).• Outings, excursions, seminars, trainings and conferences• A shop - with interesting products related to nature (Haus vun der Natur, Kockelscheuer)• Free consultation with specialists in conservation and ornithology• For Premium Members: Invitations to events and guided walks reserved for premium members only.• Individual Membership: 12 euro / year• Family Membership: 20 euro / year• Premium Member: minimum 50 euros / year• If you would like to become a member, you can make a bank transfer to• BGLLULL IBAN LU33 0030 3421 7287 0000• or online• http://www.naturanemwelt.lu/natur-an-emwelt_Qui-sommes-nous-.62-2- 0.html
What is ‘Fit by Nature’?• It is an alternative way to stay fit and to volunteer some of your time for nature.• Work programmes to protect biodiversity in Luxembourg.• You will need to wear: – Hiking boots or shoes with a good grip – Clothes appropriate for the weather conditions – Work clothes that you do not mind getting smoky from the fire – Preferably clothes that are not polyester as the ash that might rise in the air might still be alight and settle on your clothes• What to bring: – Gloves, if you have them otherwise they can be provided – Drinking water and hot drink, if you wish – A change of clothes• The complete calendar of Fit by Nature events can be found here: – http://www.naturanemwelt.lu/forcedownload.php?iddownload=9801 298040068&type=_pdf_
10 November 2012 – Get Fit by NatureI received an email from a friend about a natur&ëmweltevent entitled Get Fit By Nature. Given that I have recentlyturned 50, anything that suggests an easy route to keepingfit sounds attractive! The event was focused on clearingshrubs from farmland in order to create an environmentmore attractive to threatened bird species that inhabit drygrassland. When I arrived at the site (just outsideJunglinster) I was pleasantly surprised to meet up with acouple of familiar faces from the English-speakingcommunity as well as meet a number of new (and friendly)people. We all pitched in to help with mattocks and branch-cutters, and after a few hours, made a considerabledifference to a few ares of land. A hearty soup lunch was Mr. Philip HARVEYprovided, and representatives from natur&ëmwelt took the volunteer oftime to explain carefully the environmental threats posed to natur&ëmwelt Internationallocal bird species and strategies for conservation. I left the English-speaking Sectionday physically tired (and possibly a bit more fit) but enjoyedthe positive energy of the people I worked alongside, and http://www.mywort.lu/junglinhopeful there might be a few more birds breeding in the ster/25663247.htmlgrasslands in the spring and summer. I look forward to beinginvolved in a future natur&ëmwelt event!
Upcoming Activities• “Fit by Nature” on Saturday, 2 February 2013 – For more details, please refer to: http://fitbynature20130202.eventbrite.com/# – If you are coming, would you like to write an article and/or take photos of the event?• Saturday, 13 April 2013 – Guided educational visit of the EU funded (LIFE+) project to re-establish Freshwater Mussels – For more details, please refer to: http://visit20130413.eventbrite.com/# – If you are coming, would you like to write an article and/or take photos of the event?
Bird Watching • Please let us know if you are interested in bird watching outings. • In spring 2013, would you be interested to go bird watching in Kaiserstuhl, Germany (near Freiburg)?Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor) Contact: Mikis Bastian mikisbastian[at]yahoo[dot]de Tel. +352 29 04 04 308 from 09h30 to 18h00
Community Gardening• Ville de Luxembourg: Nouveauté 2012/2013 - Jardins communautaires – Register by contacting: environnement[at]vdl.lu• Transition Luxembourg Garden – Register by contacting: Anne-Marie Didier annemariedidier[at]hotmail.com• Transition Minett (Esch-sur-Alzette) – Register by contacting: contact[at]transition-minett.lu• Junglinster: http://www.equigaart.lu/ – Register by contacting: info[at]equigaart.lu
Local and Organic Food• List of organic food producers (pg. 19), stores with organic produce (e.g. pg. 30; bakers and butchers, pg. 36), restaurants (pg. 40)• http://www.asta.etat.lu/resources/bioguide_a chat_A6_2012_web.pdf Would you be interested in events and visits to local farmers and to organic farms?
Beekeeping• From March onwards, a beekeeping course will take place once a week.• Three people are already registered. The idea is to learn together as a group how best to work with the honeybee.If you are interested,please contact:Marc Thielm[dot]thiel[at]sias[dot]lu
Film: More than Honey• A film on the importance of the honeybee will be shown in German on Monday, 18 February at 19h00 at Ciné Utopia with subtitles in French and Dutch• An introduction will be given in Luxembourgish by Marc Thiel• http://www.utopolis.lu/events/505/• http://www.utopolis.lu/film/8031/
Communication• Mikis, Marie and John were interviewed on 13 Dec. on Radio Ara 103.3 - 105.2 on the programme “Corner Café” hosted by Deborah Anderson and Wendy Winn.• Thank you Radio Ara!• What other ways would you suggest we use to make the international community aware of us, and our events, outings and activities?
Information• natur&ëmwelt Newsletter January 2013 in German and French – http://us2.campaign- archive2.com/?u=2c0f328839cd36a9ff9d79d2d&id=d82d0b8db5&e=[UNIQID] – To subcsribe, click on “Subscribe” at the bottom.• Articles – “The reinstatement of degraded semi-arid and nutrient-poor grasslands” • http://www.naturemwelt.lu/natur-an-emwelt_ShowNews_News.20-2-209-0.html • Thank you Kevin for the translation! – “A very successful year 2012 for Barn Owls in the Müllerthal region” • http://www.naturemwelt.lu/natur-an-emwelt_ShowNews_News.1-1-224-0.html • Should you be interested in supporting this project either with a donation or by putting up a nest box in your home, please contact the Ornithological Centre col[at]naturemwelt[dot]lu or Tel.: 29 04 04 308) – Bees in French and German • http://www.naturemwelt.lu/natur-an-emwelt_La-ruche-dapprentissage-et-le-mur-dabeilles-sauvages- .59-2-0.html – Pas d’OGM et de pesticides dans nos assiettes! In French and German • http://www.naturemwelt.lu/natur-an-emwelt_ShowNews_News.1-2-50-2.html• Videos – Fondation Hëllef fir dNatur • Schlammwiss nature reserve – in French • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U1Jfp1UwC0
Donations• Increase biodiversity by planting trees and hedges – http://naturanemwelt.lu/natur-an-emwelt_Dons.79-1-0.html• "dry grasslands" project and/or "orchards" project, please select – "Projet Pelouses sèches" or "Projet Vergers“ – under "Choix du projet" on the web site: – http://naturanemwelt.lu/natur-an-emwelt_Nouvelles.78-2-0.html• freshwater mussels project, please select – "Station délevage de moules deau douces" listed under "Choix du projet" on the web site: – http://naturanemwelt.lu/natur-an-emwelt_Nouvelles.78-2-0.html – or – via bank transfer to CCPL LU89 1111 0789 9941 0000 and mentioning "Life Unio".
Nature Consultation• All public institutions, municipalities and associations and all private persons can benefit from our Nature Consultancy Service. We offer information and advice on the protection of nature and support during the realisation of projects.• Information and brochures on topics relevant to seasonal events, such as: frogs and toads, animals in the attic, environmental garden design, bees and wasps, and maintenance without pesticides• Contact: – Ms. Lea Bonblet – email: berodung[at]naturemwelt[dot]lu – Tel. +352 29 04 04 – 313
Contact• natur&ëmwelt International English-speaking Section – email: ne[dot]english[dot]section[at]gmail[dot]com – Ms. Francesca Heffernan – Ms. Mea Shepard – Ms. Marianne Thiry – Ms. Marie Kayser – Mr. Mikis Bastian – Mr. Marc Thiel – Mr. David Crowther – Mr. John Park• natur&ëmwelt coordinator for the section – Mr. François Benoy, – email: f[dot]benoy[at]naturemwelt[dot]lu – Tel. +352 29 04 04 1 – 5 route de Luxembourg, Kockelscheuer, L1899, Luxembourg