Monthly Archives: January 2015

Rampisham Down Factcheck #1: Lowland Acid Grassland; A Rare Habitat with Rare Plants

The northern part of Rampisham Down, Dorset (c) Miles King There has been much written about Rampisham Down in the last week. I have been very busy helping with the social media campaign (and trying to do other work) but … Continue reading

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Lodge Hill latest: Medway writes back to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis pleading against a Call-in

I have just been sent a copy of the letter which Medway Council has sent to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, responding to his request for information just before christmas, about Medways plans to build a 5000 house new town on … Continue reading

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Another SSSI to be trashed? Councillors approve solar farm on Rampisham Down

            Rampisham Down SSSI  (c) Miles King   While we wait to hear whether Brandon Lewis will decide to call in the planning permission granted by Medway District Council for the new town on Lodge … Continue reading

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NFU claims badger cull is working; Defra continue to “revise” their bTB figures, downwards.

It’s good to see that Labour have one clear environmental policy – abandoning the Badger Cull. Huw Irranca-Davies confirmed that this was Labour’s position at the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday. According the Cull-supporting Western Morning News, “Mr Irranca-Davies said it … Continue reading

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Highthorn Opencast Coal Mine – some questions

Coal is, amazingly, still a large component (20%) of the UK’s energy supply. Still, that is big decline compared to the 85% of UK energy provided by coal in 1956, when we were still a manufacturing nation. Most of the … Continue reading

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A new Nature Blog: 2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 60,000 times in 2014. If it were a … Continue reading

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