Guest blog – Hunting on FC land: an update by Jack Riggall

Jack Riggall is an independent hunt monitor and anti-hunting campaigner. He wrote a previous guest blog here, FC and Hunts, in February 2019. The Forestry Commission recently announced, on Thursday 5th September, that they are changing their policy of licensing fox hunts and will begin publishing the dates of hunting meets as well as introducing…

Guest blog – The (new) M4 is no more! by Ian Rappel

Ian Rappel is a conservationist and activist of 25 years. He’s currently Chief Executive for Gwent Wildlife Trust, and lives in Talgarth on the northern fringes of the Black Mountains. In March 2017 he wrote a guest blog here entitled ‘15 miles of What?! Where?‘ This might sound like a strange recommendation at first, but…

Guest blog – The Time is Now by Patrick Killoran

Patrick works for Green Alliance as the policy assistant for the Greener UK Unit. Greener UK is a group of 14 major environmental organisations, with a combined public membership of over 8 million, united in the belief that leaving the EU is a pivotal moment to restore and enhance the UK’s environment. He holds an…

Guest blog – Dewilding Basingstoke by Paul Sterry

Dewilding Basingstoke One thing leads to another. This all harks back to the saga of Basingstoke’s beleaguered Common Toads, a story that not only continues but also evolves. So as summer approaches, and all those young toadlets leave their breeding ponds, perhaps an alternative title for this blog might be ‘Toad Rage – metamorphosis’. To…

Guest blog – Ramridge Raiders part 2 by Paul Sterry and Rob Read

Authors and photographers, Paul and Rob spearhead the international competition Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY) whose lead judge is Chris Packham. Woodlands have been on my mind recently, what with my growing interest in Rob’s local patch Ramridge Copse. Perhaps because of that when I glanced at my bookshelves the other day I spotted…