Monthly Archives: September 2011

Preparing for Tory Party Conference

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that I have been spending more time writing blogs over the past couple of weeks. It’s been fun and I hope to keep writing regularly from now on. But now I’m off to … Continue reading

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biodiversity bureaucracy – biodivaucracy?

Yesterday instead of enjoying the wonderful late summer/early autumn sunshine I was stuck for 4 hours in the basement of a DECC building in Whitehall. This was the last England Biodiversity Group meeting under its current guise (what were we … Continue reading

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NPPF: Prepare to lose the local unprotected greenspaces from your neighbourhood

England is not the richest place for wildlife in the world. Tropical rainforests, some over 100 million years old, are the richest in terms of overall species numbers. England isn’t even especially rich in wildlife compared to most other countries … Continue reading

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430 ancient woodlands under threat from NPPF – how many grasslands?

The Woodland Trust have a piece in yesterday’s Telegraph pointing out that 430 ancient woodlands are under threat. How do they know? Because they have a fantastic ancient woodland inventory which identifies every single fragment of ancient woodland down to … Continue reading

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re-wilding or pickling: are semi-natural habitats just museum pieces

This morning, without even realising it I have broken my twitterspat duck. Lost already? No, it’s some newly discovered species of waterfowl, a twitterspat , as I now know, is an argument via Twitter. And this morning (actually it started … Continue reading

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Just how much carbon will the Jubilee woods store?

I read about the Woodlands Trust’s Diamond Jubilee woods campaign. 6 million trees will be planted, including a 460 acre new wood (or plantation) in Northamptonshire. I hope they are all going to be planted in the right places, not … Continue reading

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Will the NPPF deliver the ambitious Biodiversity 2020 targets?

The National Planning Policy Framework could change a lot of things: in theory it could improve the lot of England’s dwindling biodiversity. For example it states that local planning policy should: promote the preservation, restoration and re-creation of priority habitats, … Continue reading

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