Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Emasculation of Natural England – Part 2

Natural England was unpopular with this Government even while they were in opposition. Opposition spokesmen like Nick Herbert had already been complaining in 2009 that Agencies like Natural England, paid for by public funds, should not be publicly criticising their … Continue reading

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The Chancellor’s Latest attack on the Environment

In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, George Osborne launched his latest attack on the environment. “I have not shied away from supporting sensible steps to reduce this country’s dependency on volatile oil prices and reduce our carbon emissions. I am the … Continue reading

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Is there a productivity crisis in Farming?

Following remarks made last week by Peter Kendall, President of the NFU, on Tuesday I looked at whether there was a biodiversity crisis in England, and what farming had to do with the crisis. The other side of Peter’s assertion … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Crisis: What Biodiversity Crisis?

NFU president Peter Kendall, speaking at a farming conference last week, claimed there was no biodiversity crisis but “what we do have is a productivity crisis”. He used this argument to lobby Government to increase public sector funding for research … Continue reading

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Peter Kendall NFU President says Don’t Plough up your permanent pastures

Peter Kendall has set out his stall for the coming NFU presidential election. And on it is an old “Dig for Victory” poster, as he positions himself as the champion of production, and the freedom fighter who will loose the … Continue reading

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Peter Kendall: Farming’s not to blame for loss of farmland wildlife and there is no Biodiversity Crisis.

Reading Mark Avery’s latest Blog reporting on Peter Kendall’s anti-biodiversity rhetoric at the Agriculture Industries Confederation Conference on wednesday, reminded me that I had perhaps subconsciously buried a similar experience I had a few weeks back. Having been reminded of … Continue reading

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Fewer Hampshire Local Sites “in positive management”

I’ve recently received a report from Hampshire County Council showing the proportion of Local Wildlife Sites in positive management. This work is the successor to NI197 the original Local Sites National Indicator created under the previous Government. The Coalition axed … Continue reading

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