BTO Wetland Bird Survey January

At the end of last year I began volunteering alongside a local birder for the monthly BTO wetland bird survey. Our patch, which runs around our farm at the Naze, covers a roughly 7 mile walk around the peninsula, trekking firstly up the beach alongside the salt marsh towards Stone Point and then back to … Continue reading BTO Wetland Bird Survey January

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Countryside Stewardship field update

I promised that I would give you updates regarding progress of our higher tier countryside stewardship scheme which started a few weeks ago. It runs until December 2022 and we are receiving payment for undertaking works for conservation on the farm through Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy. The scheme consists of a range … Continue reading Countryside Stewardship field update

Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!

It was with great relief when I opened the envelope from Natural England and read that the farm's application for a new higher tier countryside stewardship scheme has been successful. It will begin in January next year and go through until December 2022. For our farm, conservation management is not only important for the wildlife … Continue reading Countryside Stewardship Application Accepted!

The Skeptical Environmentalist view on Biodiversity Loss

Sifting through the shelves of the university library I came across the book that I have been meaning to read for a few years. Bjorn Lomborg's 'The Skeptical Environmentalist', first published in Danish in 1998 as Verdens Sande Tilstand and in English in 2001 by Cambridge University Press, sets out a counter argument to practically … Continue reading The Skeptical Environmentalist view on Biodiversity Loss

Concreting over our National Parks

I admit that the title to this post is somewhat over the top but it is the vision that springs to the minds of many people I have spoken to about UK Environment Secretary Owen Paterson's plans to increase development in England's ten National Parks including the Lake District, the Peak District and Dartmoor. Now … Continue reading Concreting over our National Parks

The biodiversity challenge in Europe

Yesterday evening I attended the 43rd Annual Bristol University Alumni Convocation Lecture. The subject chosen was something of great interest to me personally, 'Biodiversity in Europe', delivered by Dr Hans Friedrich, who only recently left his post as the European Regional Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Dr Friedrich, a Dutch geographer … Continue reading The biodiversity challenge in Europe