Monthly Archives: March 2015

National Sheep Association bare teeth against Lynx proposals

  The Farming Community often decry Conservationists for scaremongering. For example on the question of whether  Neonicotinoids are contributing to the loss of pollinating invertebrates such as Bees. But farmers  are not immune to bouts of hysterical scaremongering either, particularly … Continue reading

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The Nature of God’s Acre

I’m heading over to Sussex today to launch a new book which I have co-authored. It’s called The Nature of God’s Acre and arises from a project which I have been working on for the past 18 months, exploring the … Continue reading

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Invasive Plants caused muddled thinking

  The BBC picked up a story about “invasive plants” yesterday, but didn’t do a very good job of conveying its messages. The paper just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is from Chris Thomas’ group at … Continue reading

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Bees & Weeds Installed

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Our 6 month Bees & Weeds research project has finally delivered results.  During the past week we adopted guerrilla marketing tactics to promote the project, carrying out interventions in the streets of Oxford – installing and photographing…

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Rampisham Down Factsheet #6: The Solar Farm Business: British Solar Renewables and Community Heat and Power

Brownfield Site? Rampisham Down SSSI It pays to know who you are dealing with, and this is as much the case at Rampisham Down as anywhere else. The developers of Rampisham Down are British Solar Renewables, as I have mentioned … Continue reading

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Nigel Farage, Testicular Cancer and Me

I find myself in the strange position of sharing an intimate and life-changing experience with Nigel Farage. We have both lost a testicle to cancer. However, this is where our shared experience ends. His tumour was not recognised and he … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, NHS, Nigel Farage, Testicular Cancer, UKIP, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Labour/UKIP voters put Environment/Climate Change as 2nd top Choice for Spending Cuts

  Amid all the flummery of Clarkson’s cold cuts, Shapps’ second job, and Champion’s poppy wreath claim, there was a youGov poll, which showed Labour and the Tories neck and neck in the race to the General Election. No news … Continue reading

Posted in anti-environmental rhetoric, climate change, General Election, Labour, UKIP, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

UKIP Farm Spokesman Stuart Agnew’s chickens to be roasted by Massive Solar Farm

UKIP’s agriculture spokesman (John) Stuart Agnew may know nothing about chemistry, but he knows how to raise chickens. Agnew has a farm in Norfolk, where he has a 35000-chicken free range egg farm. Agnew also receives EU farm subsidies on … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Solar Farms, UKIP, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Solar Farm developers paying £1000 an acre a year to landowners

There’s an interesting piece on Farmers Weekly online today about rents landowners can expect to receive from Solar Farm developers. Despite the changes in the subsidy regime, the article suggests landowners can still look for £1000 an acre per annum … Continue reading

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UKIP exposes commEUnist plot to suck all carbon dioxide from atmosphere

UKIP Agriculture Spokesman Stuart Agnew made this statement/asked this question in the European Parliament yesterday, of Socialist Group leader Gianni Pitella Mr Pitella are you aware that if you succeed in decarbonising europe our crops will have no natural gas … Continue reading

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