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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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Tax Relief U-turn

I’m very pleased to say, the Government has actually reacted to pressure from the charity sector and has recently revealed that charitable donations will be exempt from the tax relief cap. The cap, which limited tax relief on charitable donations … Continue reading

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Family fun and full to capacity!

The day came, the skies cleared and Meadow Madness and Wild Woods was a runner.  Our family countryside day in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council was a sell out, well parking spaces were, but the recent rain (remember those days) … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Heathfield Show and The Railway Land Festival!

Weald Meadows Nectar Networks (WMNN) has just completed two consecutive Saturday events talking to well over 100 landowners and members of the public. Heathfield Agricultural Show took place on the 26th May WMNN with partners and agents Agrifactors had a … 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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Single waxy leaf – And a silver lining?

As I write this, in the fields behind my home, the house builders carry on relentlessly – the change in weather of no concern.  Men and machines buried deep in holes attempting to improve the drainage of the floodplain! Ahh … Continue reading

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