Forty eight years ago, in July 1969, a conference was held at Silsoe Agricultural College in Bedfordshire. It was jointly organised by the RSPB, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), The Wildlife Trusts, the National Conservancy Council (now Natural England) and the Agricultural Development Advisory Service (ADAS), and it aimed to bring farmers and conservationists … Continue reading What was the Silsoe Conference and why should we remember it?
Beep, Beep, Beep, Beep. This was the sound that greeted us. Maldon's recycling centre was a hive of activity as we walked past; perhaps an unlikely gateway to one of Essex's hidden gems, but this is the juxtaposed reality of this oh so maligned of counties. Essex is a gloriously diverse county, and I am … Continue reading Northey Island
You may not have heard of it, but 'The Rural Coalition' recently published its 2017 statement, outlining the policy priorities and actions that it thinks will be required to sail rural communities through Brexit and beyond in a safe and secure (as opposed to strong and stable) manner. The Rural Coalition is exactly what it … Continue reading Rural Coalition Statement 2017
Not a usual post from me today I'm afraid but it is one that I quite simply have to write. I have received an email noting a critical mistake in my Naze Book - Pushed to the Edge: A History of the Naze and Walton Hall. On pp.110-113 I quote from the memoirs of AHB Franklin, … Continue reading Naze Book – mistake!
Unless you know me personally you have probably never heard of sea buckthorn, although you may have seen it growing on the coast. It has a bright orange berry and silvery green coloured leaves and it is renowned for its health benefits. It is far more popular in Europe, as well as in Russia and … Continue reading Sea Buckthorn
It might seem surprising that the former Senior Vice President at the Wildlife Conservation Society grew up without any animals and in her early career had actually been rather timid at handling certain species, but that was entirely the case for conservation expert Annette Libeskind Berkovits, author of this rather splendid memoir entitled Confession of … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator’ by Annette Libeskind Berkovits
One foot ahead of the other. It doesn't necessarily matter at what speed. You just need to keep moving forwards. The Suffolk Coast Path, which stretches from Lowestoft in the north of the county to Felixstowe in the south, is one of the lesser known long distance walking routes in England. From Friday to Sunday … Continue reading 70 miles later. My Suffolk Coast Path Experience.