Tidy cam­paign urges res­i­dents to join in

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ONE of Wales’ lead­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal char­i­ties has is­sued a re­cruit­ment ap­peal to join one of the coun­try’s big­gest clean-up cam­paigns.

“Be in­volved, be proud and be tidy” is the ral­ly­ing cry from Keep Wales Tidy.

The Be Tidy cam­paign takes place across Wales through­out September and gives peo­ple of all ages the op­por­tu­nity to vol­un­teer and get to­gether to help spruce up their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Lit­ter re­mains a per­sis­tent prob­lem for many com­mu­ni­ties and Be Tidy is a reminder that every­one can do their bit to make a pos­i­tive change.

Keep Wales Tidy chief ex­ec­u­tive Les­ley Jones said: “We know a good qual­ity en­vi­ron­ment mat­ters to peo­ple and the ben­e­fits can have a big im­pact on our com­mu­ni­ties, health and well-be­ing and econ­omy.

“At Keep Wales Tidy, we have a sim­ple and clear mes­sage: let’s work to­gether to help look after our lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment. Be Tidy is all about giv­ing every­one the chance to get in­volved in our work – whether you’re a sea­soned vol­un­teer or whether this is the first time you’ve taken part in a clean-up ac­tiv­ity. Just two hours spent pick­ing up lit­ter can make a huge dif­fer­ence.”

Nick Brown, head of sus­tain­abil­ity at Coca-Cola Euro­pean Part­ners Great Bri­tain, which is sup­port­ing the cam­paign, said: “Be Tidy is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age the lo­cal com­mu­nity to work to­gether to care for the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

“We would love to see as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble join­ing in to make Be Tidy a huge suc­cess in 2017.”

A cam­paign spokes­woman en­cour­aged peo­ple to sign up.

“Get­ting in­volved is easy and fun,” she said. “Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter their own clean-ups on the Keep Wales Tidy web­site, where they can also down­load free re­sources to help them plan and pro­mote their event.

“Com­mu­nity groups, busi­nesses and other or­gan­i­sa­tions have al­ready signed up. For any­one not able to or­gan­ise their own clean-up, de­tails of pub­lic events can also be found on the Keep Wales Tidy web­site.

“Clean-ups of dif­fer­ent types and sizes are tak­ing place in every cor­ner of the coun­try – from beach cleans in Ceredi­gion to fly-tip­ping clear­ances in Merthyr Tyd­fil.

“Vol­un­teer groups and busi­nesses have al­ready signed up in Cardiff, with ac­tiv­ity tak­ing place in com­mu­ni­ties across the city.”

To get in­volved in Be Tidy and reg­is­ter your own clean-up, visit www. keep­walestidy.cymru/betidy Tiny back­packs are be­ing de­vel­oped for bees by sci­en­tists at Ban­gor Univer­sity to help them track and study the in­sects’ be­hav­iour.

The light­weight de­vices will be pow­ered by the bee’s own elec­tri­cal en­ergy and al­low a small drone to fol­low their jour­ney from plant to plant.

Many bee species have been un­der sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure, with their num­bers de­clin­ing over the past 100 years. Ex­perts hope the study will help shed light on where the buzzing in­sects col­lect nec­tar and what might be caus­ing their pop­u­la­tion to fall.

Paul Cross, se­nior lec­turer at Ban­gor Univer­sity’s School of En­vi­ron­ment, Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Ge­og­ra­phy, said: “Bee pop­u­la­tions, our vi­tal crop and fruit pol­li­na­tors, are in se­ri­ous de­cline; their sur­vival faces chal­lenges on sev­eral fronts, in­sec­ti­cides and var­roa mites, to name a few.

“The abil­ity to track bees or other in­sects over their en­tire for­ag­ing range will be use­ful in var­i­ous cir­cum­stances. This new de­vice re­ally is akin to a bee wear­ing a ruck­sack, as op­posed to car­ry­ing the equiv­a­lent of the kitchen ta­ble and chairs as at present.”

Un­til now bees have been very dif­fi­cult to track be­cause they are so small, fast in the air and have er­ratic fly­ing pat­terns.

Mi­crosys­tems ex­pert at the univer­sity’s School of Elec­tronic En­gi­neer­ing, Dr Cris­tiano Palego, ex­plains fur­ther: “Ex­ist­ing bee mon­i­tor­ing de­vices face lim­its due to their weight, range, and how long their power source lasts – and these are the prob­lems that we’ve set out to re­solve us­ing mi­cro-tech­nol­ogy.

“We have proven our abil­ity to har­vest the bee’s elec­tri­cal en­ergy to en­able us to do away with the need for a battery and our end prod­uct will weigh only a third of the bee’s body weight, or less than a rain­drop.”

Be Tidy cam­paign vol­un­teers help in a clean-up

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