Book Review: ‘On the Marshes’ by Carol Donaldson

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

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Ecotourism – is it helping? – Guest Post by John Stuart

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

One fifth of English farms have disappeared in past 10 years

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

Redcurrant and lemon cake with redcurrant syrup

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

Don’t sit by; work with farmers to help birds.

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.

How Would Agriculture in the UK Change if the Lynx were Introduced? – Guest post by Emily Folk

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

Farmers Weekly’s Philip Clarke says ‘the time has come for farmers to speak up’.

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’.