Category Archives: grazing

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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Discovering Carmel’s beautiful grasslands and woodlands

This weekend, while much of the UK was suffering under some of the worst rainfall on record, members of The Grasslands Trust Conservation Committee and Grasslands Trust Staff were basking in sunshine at Carmel National Nature Reserve in Carmarthenshire.  I … Continue reading

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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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Nibbling Away

It’s amazing how what a difference a few grazing animals can make over a relatively short length of time.  It was only a couple of months ago that I blogged about the reinstatement of livestock onto the Arcot Hall Grasslands … Continue reading

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Re-introductions – for species or ecosystem function?

Is UK nature conservation suffering from a chronic lack of ambition? Denmark re-introduces the Wisent or European Bison to Bornholm, a large island in the Baltic, to help with the conservation of its meadows. In the UK there has been … 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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Is there a place for people?

Just when we  thought we had the management of our Arcot Grasslands sorted out, and we had grazing in place for the first time in fifteen or so years, we’ve just had a couple of weeks of ‘fun and games’. … Continue reading

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