Artist Tom Hoare has a range of metal bird sculptures made out of recycled oil drums. Each piece is handmade and Fairtrade and by a group of artists in Zimbabwe who produce some of the premium work in the world. The range includes a number of different UK birds including the avocet, the symbol of the RSPB. Tom spoke to Ken Crowther about the range.
Bumble bee numbers have been on decline for several years. Dr Ben Darvil is Chief Executive of the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust. There are 24 species of bumble bee alive in the UK, but two species have already become extinct since the Second World War as he explained to Ken Crowther.
Nick Boyce is one of the last remaining commercial fishermen in Essex, particularly in the Maldon area. Ray Clark had an early alarm call when joined him at 3am at Bradwell Marina as they went out into the River Blackwater in search of skate.
Ponds charge with the seasons and have different care needs depending on the time of the year. Bernice Brewster from the Aquatic Consultancy shares her top tips for pond management through the year.
Allan Joyce runs the Tranquil Waters Aquatic Centre in High Ongar. The 15-acre koi farm in the heart of the Essex countryside is registered by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority and Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science). He explained to Ken Crowther how the centre is run.