Monthly Archives: June 2012

Rain Rain go away

The Met Office recently blogged that we were heading for the wettest June on record (since 1860)  – that was before yesterday’s downpours which hit Northern Ireland particularly badly. I can well believe we’ll have record June totals – here … Continue reading

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Creating a buzz at Carmel Nature Reserve

A joint project of The Grasslands Trust and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has resulted in an exciting discovery of the rare Brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis), a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Priority Species, at Carmel National Nature Reserve. Carmel … Continue reading

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Blowing in the wind

 Last Saturday 20 children with parents in tow braved a very windy day to meet at Lakeside Country Park, the purpose, to make hand crafted paper with additional natural materials. This was another DoGG community event designed to attract families … Continue reading

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Time to move on

After Five and a half years at The Grasslands Trust I’ve decided to move on – but not too far, I’m moving across to be Conservation Director at Buglife. I’m up for a new challenge and moving to a bigger … Continue reading

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Lawton’s NIAs must deliver big chunk of grassland restoration

Professor John Lawton, esteemed and well-respected ecologist, Vice President of the RSPB and lead author of “Making Space for Nature” condemned the Chancellor George Osborne recently, for his outburst against the environment generally and the Habitats Directive specifically. The Guardian … Continue reading

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Nibbling Away

It’s amazing how what a difference a few grazing animals can make over a relatively short length of time.  It was only a couple of months ago that I blogged about the reinstatement of livestock onto the Arcot Hall Grasslands … Continue reading

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Nurturing newly created grasslands to maturity

Today I’m joining other grassland conservation people in Oxfordshire to test some new methods for working out when a newly created chalk downland qualifies as “priority habitat”. You might think is somewhat esoteric but it is important that we know … Continue reading

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