Wild flower meadows decline by 97%
Jul11

Wild flower meadows decline by 97%

Wild flower meadows should be granted the same protection as ancient woodland a conservation charity Plantlife say. Intensive grazing, ploughing and development have reduced wild flower meadows by 97% since the 1930s. Plantlife have a plan that calls for the creation of 300,000 acres of meadows (the size of Bedfordshire) over the next 25 years and for ‘legislative protection’. The charity says that wild strawberries, ragged robin and...

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Pushed to the brink of extinction
Jun27

Pushed to the brink of extinction

A recent report by the Wildlife Trust has revealed that a fifth of Britain’s wild mammals are at risk of extinction, pushed to the brink by farming chemicals, loss of habitat, loss of nesting sites, cars, disease and the introduction of alien species. A number of mammals most at risk have seen their numbers decline rapidly over the last ten years. THE OTTER (IMPROVING) Pushed to the brink of extinction by farming chemicals leaching...

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Recycling in West Devon is Rubbish
Apr05

Recycling in West Devon is Rubbish

After a call to the office from a Moorlander reader, The Moorlander thought it important to investigate plastic recycling across the Dartmoor area. Different borough councils have different recycling rules and it appears that this is accepted without challenge. But why can Teignbridge residents put plastic packaging in their kerbside boxes and West Devon cannot? South Hams can only recycle plastic bottles, but you can put Tetra Paks...

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Safe Bee Pesticides
Apr05

Safe Bee Pesticides

An international team led jointly by Exeter University scientists have had a breakthrough that could lead to bee safe pesticides. Farmers widely use chemicals known as neonicotinoids to control insects on their land and this has been blamed for the collapse in the bee and bumblebee population. The bees and bumblebees pollinate crops and flowers. Scientists from Exeter, Rothampsted Research and Bayer AG have discovered that two kinds...

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Green Issues: Farming for the future
Mar22

Green Issues: Farming for the future

We’ve had some pretty extreme weather recently. For just a couple of days, before the Beast from the East hit, I would look out of my kitchen window at the primroses, stand in the sunshine and feel an irresistible urge to eat salad. That’s what happens in spring, you see. Our bodies come out of hibernation and we stop craving hearty, heavy soups and stews and head towards the cucumbers and raw carrots instead. Then it snowed. It’s...

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Green Issues: Power of Passions
Mar08

Green Issues: Power of Passions

I receive a large number of emails asking me to sign this petition, share that petition, email my MP about this or that…and it got me thinking about the wide range of people’s passions. We are all aware of the huge push to reduce plastic right now and that has come from one person’s lifelong passion for the environment and the natural world. Sir David Attenborough has been an inspiration to generations and his programmes have no...

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