Driving around in black and white

  There was nothing wrong with the Darlington Premier Inn, although I won’t be rushing back there for the ambience and atmosphere. However, driving through the Pennine snow before dawn was  more of an adventure.  Sitting drinking coffee from a vacuum flask while watching three blackcock displaying was a delight.  The males strutted with their…

Rewilding revisited – Guest Blog by Simon Phelps

Simon is a keen conservationist, wildlife photographer and naturalist. He currently works for the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and is also an active member of A Focus On Nature (AFON). He spends much of his free time out on nature reserves around the country watching and photographing any wildlife that he can find. All the views…

Peter Kendall – bye bye!

I’ll let you into a couple of secrets – although neither may come as a surprise to you. First, I’ll miss Peter Kendall (a bit). Everyone deserves to have a pantomime villain to boo and Peter has thrown himself into that role with gusto for eight years.  We’ll have to see whether the new NFU…

Not the worst thing ever? But surely not the best.

There was a lot of discussion about the EA dropping their biodiversity role because of cuts last week.  Everyone squealed (see here and here) that this was a bad thing – as they were meant to do because that makes the cuts more difficult.  I’m not so sure. I’ve never really thought that the EA…

Breaking news: Sanctuary LNR – important stay of execution

Within the last few minutes the Derbyshire Wildife Trust has won a stay of execution for the Sanctuary Local Nature Reserve in the High Court. The court has ·         ruled that the temporary injunction stands and all equipment must be removed from the site ·         awarded the Derbyshire WT a Protective Cost Order ·         recommended…