Category Archives: farming

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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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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Guest Blog from Harriet Holloway: Farming and Wildlife

We are delighted to post a guest blog from Harriet Holloway who was our first conservation intern at The Grasslands Trust in 2010-11.   Harriet takes the credit for our online advice leaflets.   She says “I have always had a passion for … 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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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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