The BLUE campaign was conceived in 2014 in response to a report on the State of Nature published that year, which highlighted the dramatic decline in biodiversity and biomass across the UK.
The campaign was founded by wildlife film maker, Fergus Beeley, who produced award winning films with Sir David Attenborough, including The Life Of Birds . More information at www.fergusbeeley.com
The campaign promotes the rewilding of our gardens, parks, road verges and school grounds. It suggests that a part of this ground is set aside and left to grow through the summer.
A blue heart symbol, made out of recycled materials, is staked in the ground over the area being rewilded. This communicates to neighbours and friends that rewilding is in process (and that it is not just the owner or council being lazy!)
A 'pilot' for the campaign was undertaken in the small town of Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire.
This was supported by the local South West in Bloom group (Sodbury in Bloom) and by the biodiversity team at South Gloucestershire Council.
The pilot was an overwhelming success, achieving support and enthusiasm from the local community.
The campaign subsequently rolled out by word of mouth across the UK, largely because of a busy Facebook community (@bluecampaignhub) which has enabled the message to reach every corner of the United Kingdom.
It now appears that 'not' having a blue heart in part of the garden is resulting in more derision than having one. So, spread the word.
The campaign is now partnered with Keep Britain Tidy and Eco-Schools England, that use the message in the campaign as part of their biodiversity module.
It's as simple as that.
We choose to use the colour 'cornflower' blue, as it looks particularly nice against nature's greens.
We started off making blue hearts ourselves to distribute locally, but it became obvious that the only way the campaign could go nationwide was if people made them themselves.
Obviously, not everybody can do this, but we ask that maybe you work together with friends, neighbours or your local school.
People have been very creative and up-cycled blue plastics. Others have used recycled wood from their local wood recycling centre and painted them up.
We encourage working with the Design & Technology (DT) departments of your local schools, as they can also become involved with the BLUE campaign, particularly if they are already registered as an Eco-School, with whom we are partnered.
It doesn't matter how big or small our gardens are, we can each now do our bit to restore biodiversity across the country.
How often do we read in the newspapers or on social media the depressing news about the state of our wildlife in the UK?
Well, each and every one of us really CAN do something about it.
There are 15 million gardens across the UK. One of those is yours. By rewilding even just a bit of it, you are giving back to nature what it wants and what it needs.
To date, there are over 1,500 acres of gardens in the UK being rewilded under a blue heart symbol and we aim to increase this exponentially, year on year.
BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION www.bigbutterflycount.org
Are you seeing butterflies in your garden? Which ones? You can use our own Butterfly ID guide that you can download from this website to take part in the Big Butterfly Count from Friday 19 July 2019 - Sunday 11 August 2019. Check out their website.
Buglife is a great organisation. One of their projects is creating B-Lines across the UK. - connected corridors of natural habitats. Why don't we help them? Go to their website and highlight your BLUE campaign rewilding activities in your area on their map?
BRITISH TRUST FOR ORNITHOLOGY
The BTO run an excellent 'Gardenwatch' project, with helpful resource PDF's to help you identify our 10 most common birds by sight.
Plantlife are running a Road Verge Campaign. Along with our own letter to Councillors that you can download from this website and send , why not sign Plantlife's petition to keep our road verges safe?
Froglife run a number of excellent events throughout the summer, which are both experiential and educational. BLUE campaigners know that these creatures desperately need the rewilded areas of our gardens.