Monthly Archives: June 2014

How the Beaver got its name.

Following saturday’s blog on Beavers, I was curious to know how the Beaver got its name. Apparently it has a very long history. A long extinct language has been reconstructed from existing languages,  called Proto Indo European. This language is … Continue reading

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Angling Trust calls for Beavers to be shot: Defra Evicts Beavers from Otter

As some of you may know  a Beaver family has been spotted on the River Otter in East Devon.  A lone Beaver was seen last Summer, and this year, it appears that there is a family. How did that happen? … Continue reading

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Kennel Club challenges Corporation of London over Burnham Beeches Dog Control

I recently wrote about Dogs and nature. Dogs undoubtedly have a fantastic social value, but also a large environmental footprint, not least in areas valuable for their nature. This causes some interesting tensions to arise, as dog-lovers also tend to … Continue reading

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Inside the murky world where climate denial, social media and industry propaganda converge

After an unedifying and ultimately pointless dialogue with Richard AE North on the Conservative Home website, relating to the badger cull yesterday (see yesterday’s post), I was drawn to his blog to see what he was fulminating about there. I … Continue reading

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Defra slams stable door shut long after cattle bTB infections have bolted.

Your favourite politician has been at it again explaining why it is so important to sacrifice, I mean, cull scientifically, badgers. He, or at least one of his minions, has written a piece on Conservative Home, of all places, seeking … Continue reading

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The CAP no longer fits

If there was any doubt before, the Local and Euro Election results indicate there is no doubt that the future of Britain in the EU and perhaps of the entire EU project, now hangs in the balance. Euro scepticism has … Continue reading

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The CLA reacts hysterically to ideas of removing farm tax-exemptions ; the dependency on state handouts is akin to drug addiction.

I’m tempted to emulate the satire of Tom Pride’s Pride’s Purge with this story, but in truth it needs no satire. Apparently a “leaked document” purports to suggest that Labour are thinking about removing business rate exemptions on Agricultural Land, … Continue reading

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Paterson – climate change will increase crop yields: Govt Scientists -Climate Change will cause crop failure

David Cameron may or may not be preparing for a major cabinet reshuffle following the Euro and Local Elections – and my favourite blog fodder Secretary of State against the Environment Owen Paterson may or may not be looking to … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Offsetting: Planning Appeal agrees housing on Essex flower meadows will create “environmental gain.”.

Tomorrow sees an event to bring together organisations and individuals who are very worried and angry about Biodiversity Offsetting. The Forum on Natural Commons event “Nature is not for sale” is taking place tomorrow evening in Regents Park, London. This … Continue reading

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