Monthly Archives: April 2017

Dorset chalk downland site sprayed with herbicide and re-seeded for farming.

It seems almost inconceivable that 20 years has passed since a Chalk Downland Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) was ploughed up in Sussex. The Offham Down case became a minor cause celebre during the election campaign of 1997 which … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, Downland, EIA, farm subsidies, Natural England | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Time to rename Defra the Ministry of Agriculture and Fieldsports

While all talk of the Greenest Government Ever (anyone remember that?) has been quietly abandoned, another question arises. Is the fieldsports lobby getting unprecedented access to ministers in the Environment department and are the Environment NGOs being squeezed out of … Continue reading

Posted in Andrea Leadsom, blood sports, countryside alliance, Defra, farming | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

Medway Council love birds, as long as they are not Nightingales

As Nightingales return to England, the Brexit juggernaut lumbers on, crushing all dissent as it goes. But the resulting mulch is full of contradiction and confusion. Take our current commitments to protecting Birds for example. Until 2019 (and perhaps for … Continue reading

Posted in Birds Directive, European environment policy, housing, Lodge Hill, Michael Gove, New Towns, Nightingales, People Need Nature, Recreation | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

No gathering Eggs for May: it has to be Easter

Can it really be true that there isn’t enough to keep our Prime Minister busy these days? Theresa May, while cosying up to the Extreme Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, still finds time to lambast the National Trust, for removing … Continue reading

Posted in easter, National Trust, symbolism, Theresa May, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 8 Comments