Wildflower power of new meadow-makers in Devon
Jul23

Wildflower power of new meadow-makers in Devon

Over 100 acres of wildflower-rich meadows are to be restored across Devon this summer on 17 landholdings stretching from the upper Tamar to the lower Dart. Wild plant conservation charity Plantlife and wildflower conservation community group Moor Meadows Dartmoor have been able to team up on meadow restoration this year thanks to funding from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund. Plantlife’s Meadow Makers project sees the charity working...

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New report provides evidence of compounding threats to UK’s woods and trees 
May17

New report provides evidence of compounding threats to UK’s woods and trees 

© Tony Atkin A new report published by the Woodland Trust brings together evidence which highlights a barrage of compounding threats which could have catastrophic consequences for the UK’s woods, trees and the flora and fauna within them. ‘The State of the UK’s Woods and Trees 2021’, examines the data and evidence behind the health of the nation’s woods and trees. It is the first of its kind to focus on native woods and trees, which...

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Dartmoor Commoners’ dissent with Whitehorse Hill Peatland Conservation Project. Dartmoor Society calls for work to stop for re-evaluation
Mar20

Dartmoor Commoners’ dissent with Whitehorse Hill Peatland Conservation Project. Dartmoor Society calls for work to stop for re-evaluation

Frank Phillpotts’ Peat Pass after damming by the Mires Project, White Horse Hill. © Chris Chapman 2021 Dartmoor Commoners who farm the High Moor around Whitehorse Hill, one of Dartmoor’s highest points and the site of the unique Early Bronze Age burial cist excavated in 2011, have been upset in recent weeks by the actions of South West Water amongst the peat mires. South West Water is the major contractor currently carrying out peat...

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The first of many?
Jan28

The first of many?

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good old rant in the Green Issues column. Many of you probably breathed a sigh of relief! There have been lots of other things going on, to be fair, and although Green Issues is always important, sometimes one’s brain only has so much space left to process things. So, Brexit. We all wondered what that would look like. Would the Government get the deal they wanted? Would they get a deal at all? What...

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Get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch
Jan22

Get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch

The RSPB’s annual event, the Big Garden Birdwatch, is once again taking place between 29th and 31st January. The summer lockdown last year saw many people take more notice of the wildlife in their gardens and parks, and it is hoped that the increase in interest will motivate more people to take part. It’s easy to join in – register on the RSPB website and receive a free guide plus help with identifying the birds you might see, then...

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Campaigners request response over climate inaction
Nov17

Campaigners request response over climate inaction

More than 20 campaigners in the Torridge and West Devon constituency are accusing their MP, Geoffrey Cox, of failing to address their concerns. The group all share a belief that the Government is not doing enough to combat the climate and nature crises. And they say they have been trying to persuade Mr Cox to acknowledge their concerns since June. However, despite lobbying the MP by email, letters and telephone calls the campaigners...

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