Author Archives: Miles King

About Miles King

UK conservation professional, writing about nature, politics, life. All views are my own and I don't write on behalf of anybody else.

Brexit will save us from the Obama Flatworm, claims #OPatz.

The impact of invasive species, so we are repeatedly told, is one of the biggest threats to the future of global biodiversity. Himalayan balsam rampages through the countryside, while Ash dieback has now reached about two thirds of the native … Continue reading

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New Natural Areas: time to really make space for nature and people? Guest Blog by Steve Jones

  Over at Mark Avery’s blog, Steve Jones outlined the idea of creating a series of pilot New Natural Areas, a new class of natural landscape to sit alongside National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Steve stressed that … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Agri-environment – a need for detailed scrutiny, by Steve Peel

            As the process of changing from an European agriculture policy into a UK one starts, I’m delighted to publish a guest blog by former Natural England grassland specialist Steve Peel. Steve looks at how … Continue reading

Posted in Agri-Environment Schemes, agriculture, Brexit, Common Agricultural Policy, guest blogs, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 58 Comments

Why Taxpayers need a “housemate agreement with Farmers: Guest Blog by Vicki Hird.

                  The dreaded ‘red tape’ and interference in farm decisions under the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is why many UK farmers voted ‘leave’. But I aim to justify the uncomfortable but … Continue reading

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Meadows Sounds for #NationalMeadowsDay

People Need Nature is releasing its “Meadow Sounds” soundscape today on National Meadows Day. Charity People Need Nature celebrates National Meadow Day (1st July 2017) by releasing a specially created soundscape evoking the lost Wildflower Meadows of England. 97% of … Continue reading

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Brexit one year on: Instability Rules.

  A year ago today I wrote this piece about Turkeys having voted for Christmas. It doesn’t seem a year ago though – more like a decade. The Tory party project to shrink the state, shrink the economy and tear … Continue reading

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The First New Agriculture Act in 70 years creates an opportunity for farming, food and nature

The UK is to have its first new major Agriculture Act since 1947. There have been minor Agriculture Acts which made amendments to the 47 Act (eg in 1970) and in 1986, but by then agriculture was governed by rules … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, Brexit, Common Agricultural Policy, Oliver Letwin, People Need Nature, queens speech 2017 | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Michael Gove and the American Neoconservatives

Last week I wrote about Michael Gove’s surprise arrival as Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs. There is so much more to write about this, but time is limited and I will not be able to … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Sells, Defra, deregulation, farm subsidies, Michael Gove, neoconservatism, neoliberalism, Policy Exchange, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

General Election Reshuffle sends Gove to Defra.

  I was away in Germany last week looking at how they are restoring Floodplain Meadows in the Region of Hessen. More on that anon. First though, a few thoughts on the election and in particular the rehabilitation of Michael … Continue reading

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Recycle and Re-use: Andrea Leadsom has nothing new to say about the Environment, Food or Farming.

Secretary of State for the Environment Andrea Leadsom, like so many of her Cabinet colleagues, has been missing from this General Election campaign. It’s all been about the PM as President, President May. Leadsom did surface briefly on Monday to … Continue reading

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