Monthly Archives: May 2016

George Eustice clueless on impacts of Brexit on laws protecting UK wildlife

Farm Minister, former UKIP parliamentary candidate and Brexiter (Brexiteer? Brexetier?) George Eustice today displayed a continuing failure to have absorbed anything useful during his now considerable time at the Department allegedly for the Environment, Defra. Speaking to the Guardian he … Continue reading

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Farm minister George Eustice reveals more of his vision for post-Brexit farm subsidies

Farmers Guardian asked five experts from farming and the environment what they would like to see farm subsidies supporting in 2020, whether the UK stays in the EU or not. Well I say experts, two of them were current or … Continue reading

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Shared from Ruth Davis’ blog nature and the common good : Five things I’ve learnt during the referendum campaign.

I enjoyed reading this piece from Ruth Davis, formerly of Plantlife, RSPB and Greenpeace, now at E3G. Ruth writes at Nature and the Common Good.  I thought I would share it with you: 1) Project fear is really Project Common … Continue reading

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Paper recommendation: power relations in ecosystem services work

Originally posted on Ideas for Sustainability:
By Joern Fischer I’d like to recommend the following paper: Berbés-Blázquez M, González JA, Pascual U. 2016. Towards an ecosystem services approach that addresses social power relations. Curr Opin Environ Sustainability 2016 Apr; 19:134-43. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2016.02.003 With the…

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Guest Blog by Gavin Saunders: ECOS Review – Challenging Nature Conservation

Long long ago (well from about 2000-2004) I was on BANC Council, and I still write pieces for their journal, ECOS, from time to time (this was the most recent). So it gives me pleasure to have BANC Chair and … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Day

  Apparently it’s biodiversity day. Or, to be more technically correct, it’s International Day for Biological Diversity. The United Nations proclaimed this day as biodiversity day in 1993, shortly after the Rio Summit of 1992. The aim was to “increase … Continue reading

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Summer: An anthology for the changing seasons

It’s a beautiful late Spring day here in Dorset. The temptation to leave the desk and computer and head off for a walk along the coast is almost overwhelming and I may well succumb shortly. But first I’d just like … Continue reading

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Chris Packham mental health abuse update. Hunters blame Packham for inciting the abuse they gave him

This is just a quick follow-up post, to update you on things since yesterday’s about Chris Packham’s mental health problems and Asperger’s syndrome being used to attack him by the hunting fraternity. Packham was asked for his views on the … Continue reading

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Is it ok to call someone a nutjob because you disagree with their politics?

Chris Packham has been in the news recently, not least for the fact that he has Asperger’s Syndrome and suffered from depression which led to two suicide attempts. As someone who has also suffered from depression, I can understand to … Continue reading

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Three Years of a New Nature Blog

Today I’m celebrating three years of writing this blog. It’s become quite an important part of my life, and I’m hoping to continue it for the foreseeable future. I will also be writing blogs on People Need Nature‘s website, and … Continue reading

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