Category Archives: Ecosystem services

Family fun and full to capacity!

The day came, the skies cleared and Meadow Madness and Wild Woods was a runner.  Our family countryside day in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council was a sell out, well parking spaces were, but the recent rain (remember those days) … Continue reading

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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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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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Single waxy leaf – And a silver lining?

As I write this, in the fields behind my home, the house builders carry on relentlessly – the change in weather of no concern.  Men and machines buried deep in holes attempting to improve the drainage of the floodplain! Ahh … 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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