Category Archives: Miles King

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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Creating a buzz at Carmel Nature Reserve

A joint project of The Grasslands Trust and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has resulted in an exciting discovery of the rare Brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis), a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Priority Species, at Carmel National Nature Reserve. Carmel … Continue reading

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Time to move on

After Five and a half years at The Grasslands Trust I’ve decided to move on – but not too far, I’m moving across to be Conservation Director at Buglife. I’m up for a new challenge and moving to a bigger … 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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EFRA Committee adops TGT recommendations on permanent pasture “greening”

The Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee has published its report into the future of the common agricultural policy and in particular proposals to “Green” Pillar One Direct Payments. We submitted detailed written evidence and also spoke at … Continue reading

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Old grasslands need an equivalent to ancient woodland status

I was lucky enough to spend most of last week at Dorset’s wonderful Kingcombe Centre and meadows, teaching Bristol University MSc students how to identify plants and plant communities, and talked a bit about their ecology and conservation too. They … 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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