Category Archives: People Need Nature

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

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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

New Report investigates impact of Brexit on UK Environment:

reblogged from the People Need Nature blog: An important new report has appeared today, to contribute to the debate about whether the UK should stay in or leave the European Union. Commissioned by RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts and WWF UK, … Continue reading

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People Need Nature website is up and running

  I’m delighted to say that the new People Need Nature website is now up and running. You can read about what People Need Nature is, what we are planning to do, and why we think it’s important. I will … Continue reading

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Two epiphanies at Kelmscott

David Cameron isn’t the only person to have had a personal epiphany about nature at Kelmscott. Cameron related a story about Two Water Voles, to the Parliamentary Liaison Committee yesterday, about which I have just written. The PM used his … Continue reading

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Nature Conservation: barking up the wrong tree?

I wrote this article for the latest edition of ECOS, the magazine of the British Association for Nature Conservationists (BANC). You can see all of the articles in this edition of ECOS here. The article was my response to the … Continue reading

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Ecomodernism takes us back to an old future

The risk all utopians run is that entryists will use their idealism for their own ends. This would appear to be happening this week, as arch neoliberal brothers Owen Paterson and Viscount Matt Ridley, and others, seek to appropriate Ecomodernism … Continue reading

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First People Need Nature talk, 23rd September, Knoll Gardens, Dorset

Here are the details for my forthcoming talk – the first one I will be giving for People Need Nature. Please come along if you’re in the area. How should we value nature? Conservationist Miles King will be asking ‘How … Continue reading

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Return from a break

we had a walk up near Blandford yesterday to see how the Steam Fair was coming along (especially with all the rain we’ve had). There were already loads of people camping there and we could see a lot of traction … Continue reading

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