Who is Labour’s Rachael Maskell?

Now, as readers of this blog I would like to think that you are all fairly politically and environmentally aware and would therefore recognise the name Rachael Maskell. Yes? No? Well, if you do you are probably doing a lot better than most people. Certainly, I had not heard of her before Jeremy Corbyn appointedContinue reading “Who is Labour’s Rachael Maskell?”

Secrets of the soil: mycorrhizal fungi

Out of all known habitats the soil is by far the most biodiverse and yet we know only a fraction of the information we know about other areas. I am near the beginning of my own ‘soil journey’, something that may sound a bit bizarre, but is a process of investigation that will be life longContinue reading “Secrets of the soil: mycorrhizal fungi”

The Spirit of Holnicote

This summer I have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time down in Exmoor where I have been coordinating a project which brings Bristol University and the National Trust together through an innovative and groundbreaking partnership. We have been investigating the ‘spirit of place’ of the Holnicote estate, a place of immense ecologicalContinue reading “The Spirit of Holnicote”

Maintaining diversity in the countryside. Guest blog by Tony Powell

Here is another guest post written in the light of Brexit (and in this case, the recent State of Nature report as well). Tony Powell is a wildlife surveyor (principally birds) and researcher and runs the naturestimeline website. He has previously volunteered for many organisations including the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Woodland Trust,Continue reading “Maintaining diversity in the countryside. Guest blog by Tony Powell”