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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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The state we’re in?

The report State of Nature  published this week by twenty five  conservation bodies paints a worrying picture of the decline of wildlife in the UK over the past 40-50 years. While there have been great individual success stories such as … Continue reading

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To manage or not to manage

In almost every commentary on English woodland produced recently, it is stated that we need to bring more woodland into management.  This presupposes that we know what “management” means and what we would get as a result. “Coppice” they say; … Continue reading

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Offsetting or sweeping under the carpet?

The final report of the Ecosystem Markets Task Force which was launched last week identified biodiversity offsetting as the first of its key recommendations. Biodiversity offsetting; securing net gain for nature through planning and development. Offsetting is not a recent … Continue reading

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Is the loss of the Grasslands Trust a harbinger for the fate of the natural environment?

News that the Grasslands Trust has gone into liquidation marks a sad day.  Grassland in Britain is threatened and diminishing, and the loss of such an important champion for this habitat should worry us all.  Around 97 per cent of … Continue reading

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Biodiversity: the meaning of…

June will see the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, at which the Convention on Biological Diversity was presented. This has driven much of the current thinking on biodiversity conservation, biodiversity action plans and targets to … Continue reading

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The vital role of citizen science

For the past 14 years, enthusiastic volunteers have been helping track changes in seasonal natural events through Nature’s Calendar, adding thousands of records to the UK Phenology Network database. Faithfully, they have observed and recorded when trees come into leaf … Continue reading

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