Category Archives: semi-natural

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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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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3G biofuels – hype or hope?

Hi again! Sarah here (Communications Officer) and I thought I’d take the opportunity to explore some of the over-lap between my Masters and the work of the Trust. If you follow our blog regularly (which I’m sure you do, we’re … Continue reading

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Farm “weeds” have crucial role in sustainable agriculture

From CEH News Plants often regarded as common weeds such as thistles, buttercups and clover could be critical for safeguarding fragile food webs on UK farms, according to new research published in Science this week. The scientists looked at multiple … Continue reading

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Meadows for Sale – should we buy them?

We’ve just spent the best part of 18 months trying to buy a farm in Herefordshire – Bury Farm SSSI. This is a spectacular place  and probably the most important single area of lowland meadows and pastures (a priority habitat) … Continue reading

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greenhouse gases, livestock and grass – not such a simple story

For those of you who follow us on twitter, you may have spotted my tweet last week on the statistics of Caroline Spelman the Environment Secretary’s speech to the influential Oxford Farming Conference. Spelman mentioned food security four times, energy … Continue reading

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