Category Archives: climate change

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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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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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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Managing grasslands in a changing environment

Looking out of my office across the Pennine Dales landscape (well we are all allowed a few minutes of our working day looking out of the window aren’t we?!) the importance of the grasslands to the local agricultural sector is … Continue reading

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Guest Blog From Bob Gibbons: Where Grasslands and Woodlands meet

Dr Bob Gibbons is a freelance botanist, photographer, lecturer, author and owner of Natural History Travel. He is a Trustee of The Grasslands Trust and member of its Conservation Committee. He sent us these thoughts from the Greek island of … Continue reading

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Getting around the cow-burp problem

Yesterday evening, we dined on free, ethical and carbon friendly meat, when a wood pigeon flew straight at one of our windows and with a loud bang crashed into our garden, with a broken neck. Last Autumn, the first one … Continue reading

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Nuggets from #budget2012

After much trailing and spinning the Budget finally appeared yesterday. It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment (given this is a Grasslands Trust blog) on tax cuts for the rich, mansion taxes or granny taxes, so I won’t. Compared … Continue reading

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