Category Archives: Cuts

Tax Relief U-turn

I’m very pleased to say, the Government has actually reacted to pressure from the charity sector and has recently revealed that charitable donations will be exempt from the tax relief cap. The cap, which limited tax relief on charitable donations … Continue reading

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Polls and Polecats

Well the votes are in and have been counted and the results are…. No this isn’t me pretending to be clairvoyant or precognitive about the mayoral and local elections. It’s Mark Avery’s blog poll of favourite and least favourite conservation … 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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On starlings, leatherjackets and bird watching

There can be few better examples of the power of public wildlife surveys than the RSPB/BTO Big Garden Birdwatch. Results out today show that 600,000 people took part this January – we did – did you? I was really surprised … 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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Red Tape Challenge – Environment Theme

Here we go with the first smallish announcement of the many to come this week from the Government on deregulation. This is the Red Tape Challenge, and Defra has just published the report with recommendations for simplifying regulations that are … Continue reading

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Help Get Government to debate Outdoor Centre closures

I’ve just received this and am reprinting it here as it is something we should all be very concerned about: One in three Local Authority outdoor education centres are facing closure (some have already closed) which could mean large numbers … Continue reading

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