Category Archives: agri-environment

The challenge of recovering our best unprotected grasslands

At Tuesday’s England Biodiversity Stakeholder Group, the latest incarnation of the England Biodiversity Group, we heard Biodiversity Minister Richard Benyon (no buzzards were mentioned) tell us he was absolutely focused on “outcomes and results”. He’s right  – we can sometimes … 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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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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Congratulations to Heathfield Show and The Railway Land Festival!

Weald Meadows Nectar Networks (WMNN) has just completed two consecutive Saturday events talking to well over 100 landowners and members of the public. Heathfield Agricultural Show took place on the 26th May WMNN with partners and agents Agrifactors had a … Continue reading

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Catering for all

Once again, I’m pondering how to avoid conflicts between scrub clearance to expand the grasslands and the needs of the species that live in and around that scrub. When we plan management work it is vital to understand which species … Continue reading

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Beeday

There was a buzz around Carmel last Friday as a flight of the bumblebee enthusiasts made a beeline to the reserve. Busy as bees, they were a hive of activity swarming through woods and glades. …. Given the subject matter … Continue reading

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Floods and Levels

I’m writing this from the middle of the Somerset Levels, where the excellent Floodplain Meadows Partnership is having its annual steering group meeting. Needless to say there’s a lot of water around here at the moment. Floodplain Meadows are some … Continue reading

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