Shared Earth is a new series from the BBC Natural History Unit which celebrates the natural world and explores what we can all do to help conserve wildlife and habitats and reduce our footprint on the planet
We're keen to hear your suggestions for future programmes via our Contact Us page or write to Shared Earth, BBC NHU Radio, Bristol BS8 2LR
Carbon offsetting is a way of reducing the negative impacts that travel and energy consumption within our homes has on the environment. By calculating the carbon dioxide emissions created, for example, by heating and different methods of travel, carbon offsetting companies will then invest in projects that prevent or remove an equivalent amount of emissions from the atmosphere.
You can calculate the emissions created by your journey or household by using one of the CO2 calculators provided by many of the offsetting companies that are now in business. For more information visit the Defra Carbon Offsetting pages.
BTO Great Spotted Woodpecker Survey
Three weeks into the survey, Initial results have been interesting with sightings of great spotted woodpeckers feeding on more unusual things in gardens - such as fat balls and aphids. The survey is still up and running and the BTO want to receive information all the way through until September. Complete an online form at the BTO's great spotted woodpecker site.
Or send your information to:
British Trust for Ornithology
Norfolk IP24 2PU
Specific information about the peregrines in Birmingham can be found at this RSPB web page.
RSPB Birds Near You is a unique three-year project where RSPB staff members will be flying around the city inspiring people about birds and how to care for the environment. There is a special peregrine falcon viewing scheme in Cathedral Square, near Colmore Row - the peregrine viewpoint runs every day from 1 July until 28 August, with RSPB Information Assistants on hand with telescopes to give people the best chance to see the world's fastest predator above the city's skyline and on the BT Tower.
For more general information about wildlife in your area, the Wildlife Trusts are a useful source of information: