Category Archives: tree planting

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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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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Carbon Capture and Storage – Grasslands are the answer Dave

Today, David Cameron was supposed to have given his first green speech since becoming prime minister – nearly two years after announcing that this would be the Greenest Government Ever. Damian Carrington in the Guardian lambasted Cameron for abandoning his … Continue reading

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Tree Planting and Succession: Guest Blog by John Biglin

Following on from last week’s blog on meadows, John Biglin of Anglian Parks and Wildlife has sent me this piece about succession and tree planting. Sometimes not planting trees and even cutting them down can be good for wildlife You … Continue reading

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The Values of Nature: Forestry Panel Interim Report published

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been trying to post more regularly in the last few months. I posted 9 times in November, 5 in October and 10 in September. It’s quite tricky fitting in writing these posts … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Minister criticised for doing conservation work

Richard Benyon, the Biodiversity Minister, has come in for some stick recently.This is a pity because Richard undoubtedly is interested in biodiversity, and in how to better conserve it. Firstly he took (actually quite justified) stick for the Facebook Ragwort … Continue reading

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Just how much carbon will the Jubilee woods store?

I read about the Woodlands Trust’s Diamond Jubilee woods campaign. 6 million trees will be planted, including a 460 acre new wood (or plantation) in Northamptonshire. I hope they are all going to be planted in the right places, not … Continue reading

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