Monthly Archives: April 2012

The wettest drought

It has been an extraordinary year of weather so far, there’s no doubt about it. After 3 very dry months here in Dorchester, our rivers like the Stour, the Avon and Piddle were showing record low flows at the end … Continue reading

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In Raptures about Raptors

One aspect of my community grasslands work which I thoroughly enjoy is engaging the public in new experiences. Getting visitors to some sites purely to sample the meadows, which at some times of the year can be far from an … Continue reading

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Carbon Capture and Storage – Grasslands are the answer Dave

Today, David Cameron was supposed to have given his first green speech since becoming prime minister – nearly two years after announcing that this would be the Greenest Government Ever. Damian Carrington in the Guardian lambasted Cameron for abandoning his … Continue reading

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Single waxy leaf – And a silver lining?

As I write this, in the fields behind my home, the house builders carry on relentlessly – the change in weather of no concern.  Men and machines buried deep in holes attempting to improve the drainage of the floodplain! Ahh … Continue reading

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What’s in a name 2: Wild about Wildflowers – or are they weeds?

We met up with friends yesterday for a pub lunch which was great and afterwards, as the soft April rain returned for the 6th day in a row, visited the millennium green in the village where we had eaten. It … Continue reading

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It’s April and Carmel is going Cuckoo

We’re a couple of weeks into April and the first flowers to bloom in the semi improved fields at Caramel are now in evidence. Cuckoo flowers, Lucy lockets, Lady’s smocks. Milkmaids, Meadow cress, Bread and milk. However not quite the … Continue reading

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Let a thousand flowers bloom

How many conservation charities does the UK need? This is a question that has been mulled over repeatedly over the years, most recently last year in the pages of the Daily Telegraph, British Wildlife, Mark Avery’s blog and our own. … Continue reading

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