Breaking news – Sanctuary saved?

Reports suggest that plans for a cycle track which would wreck the Sanctuary Local Nature Reserve have been abandoned by Derby City Council.  Delays to the scheme – due to the brave and, it seems, effective – legal challenge by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust mean that the cost effectiveness of the plans is now in doubt. …

361 days to go…

And so we say farewell to the Cheltenham Festival for another year. Here are some random thoughts: the whole experience was life-enhancing the company of friends is one of the best things in life Margaret’s pie is simply the best Cheltenham racecourse is rather cruel to have a ‘Ladies’ Day’ in early March when some…

Guest Blog – Fifty shades of Grayling by Carol Day

Carol Day has worked for environmental NGOs, including The Wildlife Trusts and WWF, for over 25 years. She now works as a Solicitor for Leigh Day where she runs the Environmental Planning and Litigation Service (EPLS ) and is also a part-time Legal Consultant for the RSPB. The views expressed here are her own. Mark’s…

Cheltenham preview for Day 4

This is the last day – and the worst day of racing (in my opinion).  Yes it has the most prestigious race, the Gold Cup, but the supporting cast of races is a bit uninspiring. This year I’ll be watching the Gold Cup on TV rather than travelling back across the Cotswolds. But, don’t get…

Vermin

We (and I am talking England here) don’t have a vermin list.  I’m glad about that.  Whenever I hear someone talking about vermin it makes my metaphorical hackles rise.  Why should we regard any species that has evolved on this planet as being a problem? Yes, individuals of species can cause us problems but it…