The marshlands of north Kent represent a pocket of isolation within a sea of growing urbanisation and economic ‘progress’. The call of the curlew cuts across the wide open landscape, interspersed with areas of scrub and gatherings of sheep. Redundant barges sink into the mud as pleasure cruisers herald a change in culture at the … Continue reading Book Review: ‘On the Marshes’ by Carol Donaldson
The Earth’s demise has been predicted by hundreds of different cultures through the ages. But we don’t know when or how it’ll end. We do know, however, that every day, the Earth’s lifespan is lowered by the people that inhabit it. The changes are happening all around us but none are feeling the strain more … Continue reading Ecotourism – is it helping? – Guest Post by John Stuart
England's green and pleasant land: a patchwork quilt of green and gold fields with quaint little villages nestled in between and ancient farms run by families who have worked the land for generations. Is this a true perspective of the English countryside? You and I know that this rose-tinted view is not the reality, nor … Continue reading One fifth of English farms have disappeared in past 10 years
August's recipe from Thinkingcountry’s resident seasonal recipe writer, Holly Betts. In early August I went home to Scotland and found that this year our redcurrant bushes had produced a glut of berries! Redcurrants are just sweet enough that you can eat them on their own but they are quite seedy and so very nice added … Continue reading Redcurrant and lemon cake with redcurrant syrup
I visited the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells, Powys last month. Here's my take on the show, as part of the Meet the Farmers podcast series, with a particular focus on young farmers and younger handlers. I find out what it's like to live in rural Wales as a young person.
If you want to understand a subject you must learn to see it from different perspectives. This is particularly true of land use, a topic in which there are as many viewpoints as you can possibly imagine. It's why I am trying (and there's a lifetime ahead to learn) to understand both farming and conservation … Continue reading Don’t sit by; work with farmers to help birds.
It has been a particularly busy and rather stressful week (hence the lack of blog posts) but I am looking forward to heading to Birdfair tomorrow, up in Rutland. It will be my second visit to the annual 'Glastonbury of the Birding World' and I hope it will live up to last year, which was … Continue reading Off to the Birdfair
The impacts on agriculture in the UK from introducing a new predator have yet to be determined. As humans, we have made huge impacts on this world—some of them good, and some of them bad. With the growth of our population and the need to feed those people, we have developed technologies and techniques that … Continue reading How Would Agriculture in the UK Change if the Lynx were Introduced? – Guest post by Emily Folk
Tomorrow, like every Friday, I will receive my regular Farmers Weekly through the post. Occasionally I get the time to read it cover to cover. Sometimes it takes me a couple of days. Mostly however I will dip in and out of the pages (as I do with other magazines and papers) as the week … Continue reading Farmers Weekly’s Philip Clarke says ‘the time has come for farmers to speak up’.
Up and down the country the summer fete, or fayre, is a traditional mainstay of the country village. Fete committees and their associated volunteers work tremendously hard (I've been on my fete committee, on and off, for over 10 years, so I understand the sheer number of hours that goes into organising a fete) often … Continue reading Summer Fete