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  • Blog Post: From Coalfield to Brownfield

    One of the reasons I love the Inner Forth is that alongside the amazing wildlife, there is an absolute wealth of inudstrial and social heritage. Throughtout the area you will find everything from old mines and factories to ancient castles and homes with pineapples on their roofs (I'll explain more...
  • Blog Post: I have always wanted to know how to...........

    One of the great things about working on a Futurescapes project is being able to find out about all the amazing things our partners get up to! Around the Inner Forth there are so many different organisations doing really great stuff, one of those, the Central Scotland Forest Trust (CSFT to you and me...
  • Blog Post: Take nothing but pictures...

    ...Leave nothing but footprints Kill nothing but time Very wise words and a mantra we should all live by. But what if we could make our footprints mean something more? What if we could give them a higher purpose than simply showing where we’ve been? For the last six months we’ve been trying...
  • Blog Post: Rainforest roadshow!

    If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know that we’re really keen on people doing little things as part of their everyday routines to make a huge difference for rainforests. We’re always encouraging you to look for the FSC logo on paper, card and wood products to make...
  • Blog Post: On the twelfth day of a rainforest friendly Christmas...

    Last month saw NGOS, government officials and industry reps from all around the world descend on Durban in South Africa to take part in the UN climate negotiations. Up for discussion was the topic of saving tropical forests to help in the fight against climate change and to find out more about the outcome...
  • Blog Post: Do you say 'fall' or 'autumn'?

    Autumn has fallen. Not with the gentle floating of a golden-brown leaf settling gently on the ground, but the subtlety of a lead pipe delivered by a cold-blooded thug. With a resounding thwump, leaves have carpeted the ground overnight, falling only slightly faster than the temperature. Not that I'm...
  • Blog Post: Pickled think

    The successful development of the Thames Estuary is our birthright. That was the assertion of the Rt Hon Eric Pickles, above, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The Banner behind him reads 'Greater Thames' and he was speaking at the official launch of our Futurescape...
  • Blog Post: Good birding to all of you - by guest blogger Harry Boorman

    What started as a failed £100 bet with my good friend last year,  turned into a bird challenge that I will never forget. Last May my cousin, my friend Joe and I attempted to prove that we could see 100 birds within the M25 in just 48 hours. Despite our best efforts, and because of events...
  • Blog Post: Step in to 2012

    This is going to be the year of the performer! The fastest. The most athletic. The ones that put in the effort to make a difference. I'm talking about volunteers and wildlife. Both actively pursue their goals; whether it's a speedy peregrine falcon diving on its prey over St Paul's cathedral...
  • Blog Post: Countryfying London and looking for Blakbirdinsky

    The stormy winds have passed, leaving London's gardens looking grey and battered, so let's dream of better days ahead. The RSPB, along with 24 other organisations, want to transform our Capital’s grey spaces into colourful fields where Londoners can feel cool fresh grass between their...
  • Blog Post: Soiled, but stepping boldly forwards in peace

    If the change in weather to cold mornings and dark evenings hasn't been enough to dampen spirits, a burst soilpipe in our office block has snuffed out the remaining cheer lingering from the warm start of this month. Our new office mantra: "Wake up and smell the beings". Umm. Full roast...
  • Blog Post: George Osborne's Autumn Speech

    Two of the many great things about London are the River Thames and the large number of open spaces you can escape to, spaces where you can cycle, fish, run, play, walk your dog, watch the world go by or simply rage against the machine. Much of London's infrastructure, from its sewers right through...
  • Blog Post: I am that evil developer

    Role reversal is something we should play with. This week, in my family's eyes, I have been the evil developer laying waste to nature, spluttering a defence of: "Honest, it's for the best, you'll understand once I've finished this development..." The words sounded hollow...
  • Blog Post: In praise of Boris

    I whole-heartedly congratulate London Mayor Boris Johnson on his latest inflammatory comments . In a letter to Chancellor George Osborne, the Conservative Mayor of London, has attacked the Government over its cuts to solar subsidies ; warning that halving the “feed-in tariff” would “slowly...
  • Blog Post: Survival and Boris's big opportunity

    The weird weather's still around but nature's soldiering on and is alight with action. The lawn I laid earlier this year is now thriving and has brought in a much wider range of birds to my garden. I've more thrushes, a wren, more finches and even a new blackbird challenging the resident...
  • Blog Post: Blackberry love

    I've almost filled the freezer with this year's blackberries . Big juicy ones plucked from brambly hedges in Ye Olde Hackney town. Now I know what you're thinking. How dare I deprive the poor birds of all that deep velvety berry goodness. Well, I'll make sure I make up for...
  • Blog Post: Back to school

    This year's Big Schools' Birdwatch is underway and students across Greater London and the rest of the UK will be peering through their dusty classroom windows to see what birds they can spot enjoying the weak winter sunshine. It's certainly very different from this time last year, when...
  • Blog Post: He's a jolly good fallow

    If you commute in and out of London, at some point in your life you'll no doubt feel stuck in a rut; the same old, same old. But 'tis the rutting season, so Bushy Park and other open spaces are echoing to the bellow of frisky deer . The warm weather of late has helped stir the deep emotions...
  • Blog Post: Watery wonders

    Two new reports have shed new light on life on earth. The first claims to have found the world's oldest living organism and the second writes off that old phrase... 'there are plenty more fish in the sea'. The Mediteranean Sea is home to a organism that DNA testing dates as being 200,000...
  • Blog Post: Animal lover

    My daughters laugh at me. Openly. I've checked my flies and they're closed; there's no spinach stuck between my teeth and no one drew a moustache on me whilst I dozed in my chair. So, I was forced to ask, 'what's so funny?' It's when I start to talk about nature and...
  • Blog Post: I am not a bird

    Coots, moorhens, mallard, swans, geese, pigeons, crows, grey herons and even a couple of smew dotted the ice covering Regent's Park's lakes yesterday morning. They all seemed happy enough and some poked their heads under water through holes in the ice. Sometimes I wish I was a bird. That I...
  • Blog Post: Trust your nature

    I was contacted by the Daily Mail this week about some photos they'd got of a fox looking for an easy meal at Barnes. Nothing unusual in that; it's what foxes do. It was what happened next that was fun. All the ducks, geese , coots and cormorants ganged-up in a rare moment of solidarity, effectively...
  • Blog Post: Unstoppable forces?

    A silvery thread of sparkly water is the current focus of my life. It's a mental stream that bubbles and gurggles, carrying hope and energy as it gathers strength to become a swift flowing surge and then a powerful current out into the magnificent ocean of the world's conscience. Fancy words...
  • Blog Post: What goes round...

    My day started with a real bang the other morning, when my bike tyre exploded. Everyone stared, wondering if it had been a gunshot. Forced to find another way in to work, I took full advatage of being on the bus and tube with commuters to eavesdrop ... and the conversation was not typical for a grey...
  • Blog Post: Budget watch

    How was it for you? I gave up smoking years ago but even I wince at the notion of £7.50 for a pack of twenty. £5 for your average bottle of wine may help me drink less and I rarely buy beer in London pubs 'cause I can't then afford the bus fare home. On the plus side for London...