Tag Archives: Biodiversity

The meaning of spring

Journalists often ask me ‘what does spring mean to you?’ and there is perhaps more to that question than first meets the eye, with both technical and social definitions of the word “spring” in common usage. Definitions of spring Meteorologists … Continue reading

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Fascinating new book on Brede High Woods

Patrick Roper is an ecologist who has worked with the Woodland Trust for a number of years. He has recently written a book on the wonders of Brede High Woods, below is his review: “I was very excited when the … Continue reading

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Great news on our grants campaign!

Earlier this week I attended the opening day of the Oxford Farming conference and, as ever, I was impressed by the range and quality of both speakers and attendees. The mood was one of optimism. On my return home I … Continue reading

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Has Owen Gone Off-piste on Offsetting?

Owen Paterson (Secretary of State for the Environment at Defra) has moved the discussion about biodiversity offsetting both back up the agenda and backwards too, with his comments reported on Saturday that ancient woodland could be part of an offsetting … Continue reading

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Dark skies help wildlife too

Congratulations to Northumberland, which officially has the best night skies in England. Northumberland National Park, and the adjoining Kielder Water and Forest Park, have officially been given Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). … Continue reading

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Woodland Highlights: December

The frost and snow has returned to the UK. But do not let the chilly air stop you from getting out into the woods. The festive season can be a wonderful time for walking with family and friends, and to … Continue reading

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Smithy Wood: When a village is turned green

The case for not building in ancient Smithy Wood is clear; there is no environmental case, a contentious business case and from what I have experienced, very limited public support. In fact I’m still waiting to hear from a single … Continue reading

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