‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 2. Elm Tree Farm

Elm Tree Farm is a care farm and social enterprise located in Stapleton near Bristol and has been run by Brandon Trust since 2000. The farm is 47 acres in size and the farm team run a market garden as well as keeping a small number of beef cattle, pigs, chickens and ducks. Over 50 people withContinue reading “‘Meet the Farmers’ Episode 2. Elm Tree Farm”

Google Earth Engine: Evidence of Our Impact on the World

This evening, whilst having dinner with some friends, the remarkable technological historical source that is Google Earth was mentioned. It is an amazing record of our times and charts the impact that human beings have had on this planet over a relatively short time span (roughly 30 years). The record is made up of overContinue reading “Google Earth Engine: Evidence of Our Impact on the World”

David Attenborough’s message to the world in Planet Earth II

Yesterday evening, I and millions of others watched the finale of Planet Earth II, the latest masterpiece to come out of the BBC’s natural history unit. The subject focus was on cities and urban spaces and it was incredible to watch the ingenuity of many species which have adapted to this new human influenced environment. Despite the successContinue reading “David Attenborough’s message to the world in Planet Earth II”

A Farming and Conservation Partnership Success Story: The Cirl Bunting

According to the State of Nature report released earlier this year 12 out of the 26 breeding farmland birds are red listed (the highest category of risk of further decline or even extinction). Since 1970 the number of farmland birds has declined by 54%. Although it must be mentioned that since the early 1990s, when conservationContinue reading “A Farming and Conservation Partnership Success Story: The Cirl Bunting”

Why do we (or at least most of us) eat turkey at Christmas?

Apologies to the vegetarians amongst you, but this post focuses on a bird that has dominated dining tables at Christmas for decades. Why are Brits so obsessed with eating turkey on Christmas Day when it is rarely eaten at other times of the year? According to YouGov, families in Britain spent an average of £796Continue reading “Why do we (or at least most of us) eat turkey at Christmas?”