Monthly Archives: February 2012

What do websites and porridge have in common?

Well my second Blog has come around quick! It’s me again (Sarah Knight, Communications Officer) and I suppose I can share some snippets with you and whet your appetite for what you can expect to see from us in the … Continue reading

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Nature Improvement Areas need to resolve land use conflicts

The 12 successful Nature Improvement Areas were, with some fanfare, announced yesterday. In case you haven’t seen the list of winners they are: Birmingham and the Black Country Living Landscape Dark Peak: Dearne Valley Green Heart: Greater Thames Marshes Humberhead … Continue reading

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Community Grasslands

Martin Reeves Well, my second blog then – they seem to come around so quickly! The DoGG project is now gathering pace with a regular pattern of community family events happening, in fact a couple of walks and talks over … Continue reading

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Farm “weeds” have crucial role in sustainable agriculture

From CEH News Plants often regarded as common weeds such as thistles, buttercups and clover could be critical for safeguarding fragile food webs on UK farms, according to new research published in Science this week. The scientists looked at multiple … Continue reading

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City Blooms

Lucy Cooper I have thoroughly enjoyed Sarah Raven’s Butterflies, Bees and Blooms BBC Two Wednesday nights. Even more so I’ve been thrilled by the number of people contacting us wanting advice – 55 in the last few days alone! Luckily, … Continue reading

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Meadows for Sale – should we buy them?

We’ve just spent the best part of 18 months trying to buy a farm in Herefordshire – Bury Farm SSSI. This is a spectacular place  and probably the most important single area of lowland meadows and pastures (a priority habitat) … Continue reading

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Gangster Grasslands

Stunning grassland on the Durham coast that is managed as part of our Magnficient Grasslands project in the area.   Did you know that the beaches on this stretch of coastline were immortalized in the 1971 gangster movie “Get Carter” starring Michael … Continue reading

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