Category Archives: nature improvement areas

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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Lawton’s NIAs must deliver big chunk of grassland restoration

Professor John Lawton, esteemed and well-respected ecologist, Vice President of the RSPB and lead author of “Making Space for Nature” condemned the Chancellor George Osborne recently, for his outburst against the environment generally and the Habitats Directive specifically. The Guardian … 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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Beeday

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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Nature Improvement Areas need to resolve land use conflicts

The 12 successful Nature Improvement Areas were, with some fanfare, announced yesterday. In case you haven’t seen the list of winners they are: Birmingham and the Black Country Living Landscape Dark Peak: Dearne Valley Green Heart: Greater Thames Marshes Humberhead … Continue reading

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