Monthly Archives: May 2012

Guest Blog from Gill Perkins, Bumblebee Conservation Trust: The grass is always greener…..

Gill Perkins of Bumblebee Conservation Trust has written today’s guest blog.  The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’.   In the last 80 years our bumblebee population have crashed.  Two species have become … Continue reading

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Is there a place for people?

Just when we  thought we had the management of our Arcot Grasslands sorted out, and we had grazing in place for the first time in fifteen or so years, we’ve just had a couple of weeks of ‘fun and games’. … Continue reading

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Old grasslands need an equivalent to ancient woodland status

I was lucky enough to spend most of last week at Dorset’s wonderful Kingcombe Centre and meadows, teaching Bristol University MSc students how to identify plants and plant communities, and talked a bit about their ecology and conservation too. They … Continue reading

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Member: a person, animal, plant, group, etc that is part of a society, party, community, taxon or other body

In a few weeks time The Grasslands Trust will be launching its membership scheme. This is a bold move for us and one that we have grappled with over the years given the increasing number of other membership based conservation … Continue reading

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Carneddau Ponies at Carmel

Sensitive grazing is key to conservation management. Carmel Reserve’s unique mosaic of grassland, woodland and heath was created and can only be maintained by grazing. It can be tricky to get the right type of animals for the right length … Continue reading

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Fancy coming to see us in The High Weald in the next few weeks?

Well finally summer seems to have come along all at once – may the sunny warm weather continue. The meadow grasses are growing but wildflowers have been a little reluctant to show their faces in all but the most sheltered … Continue reading

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Guest Blog from Harriet Holloway: Farming and Wildlife

We are delighted to post a guest blog from Harriet Holloway who was our first conservation intern at The Grasslands Trust in 2010-11.   Harriet takes the credit for our online advice leaflets.   She says “I have always had a passion for … Continue reading

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