Author Archives: Miles King

About Miles King

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

Backwoodsmen out in force for Parliament farm debate

The long slow march of the new Agriculture Bill through Parliament continued last week, as Environment Secretary Michael Gove sought to reassure, indeed sooth, everyone’s concerns. Though Gove is a consummate schmoozer, mollifier and reassurer, satisfying the demands pressing on … Continue reading

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England’s Green and Pheasant Land?

    Anyone visiting the countryside over the last few weeks will have noticed that, suddenly, pheasants are everywhere: Running into the road, or standing looking confused – they, at first, appear quite quaint and charming. Their sudden ubiquity, however, … Continue reading

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The Green Transformation: Labour gets in a muddle about food security

Those who take even a passing interest in politics will know that the party conference season is upon us. The Lib Dems conference passed without more than a murmur and an ‘exotic spresm.’  And last week saw a surprisingly united … Continue reading

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The People’s Walk for Wildlife

  It was a soggy Saturday. The People marched, quietly, fiercely, joyfully, through the West End of London. Many played the magical sound of a dawn chorus from their phones. A remarkable human squid walked alongside Sussex University’s Professor Dave … Continue reading

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First course of Gove’s green Brexit has been placed on the table #agriculturebill

It feels like something momentous has just happened. UK Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has published his long-awaited Agriculture Bill, the first in a series of laws which will shape the future of Britain’s environment, after Brexit. Leaving the EU means … Continue reading

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Parliament rejects Baroness Stowell for Charity Commission job. Govt ignores them.

this is just a copy of an earlier post which might have been infected with malware…. Some of you sharper eyed readers (clue – that’s all of you) will remember I wrote about the background to the incoming Charity Commission … Continue reading

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The Pillar 2 Coup: Rural Payments Agency poaches Countryside Stewardship from Natural England.

this is just a copy of an earlier post which I have now deleted as it looks like it might have been infected by malware. Last week the Government launched its long awaited “what on earth are we going to … Continue reading

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The People’s Manifesto for Wildlife

It was back in June that I first heard about the idea of a manifesto for wildlife, to accompany a walk for wildlife in London. Chris Packham asked me if I wanted to be Minister for Farming (and I extended … Continue reading

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Did Socialism kill off Mrs Tiggywinkle?

Hedgehogs are back. Well, when I say they are back, they aren’t back. They are disappearing rapidly. But they are back in the news. Perhaps this is just a valiant effort by a few newspaper editors to keep former Foreign … Continue reading

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The People’s Walk for Wildlife

I’ve shamelessly nicked this piece from Martin Harper‘s blog. It’s by Chris Packham and he’s demanding we all join him on the People’s Walk for Wildlife. I will be there. Will you?   56%. It says 56%. Since 1970 I … Continue reading

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