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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...
21 Mar 2012
19,193 Thank yous
As I write we’re waiting to hear what the 2012 budget holds for us all – and what it will mean for the future of the natural environment. Over 19,000 of you stepped up and told the Chancellor of the Exchequer that the environment does not have to be sacrificed in the pursuit of economic...
21 Mar 2012
Red tape wraps up
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman's reassuring the RSPB, and the thousands who voiced concerns , that legal protection for the environment will remain as " strong as ever ". Phew. Job done? Not yet! While her announcement is welcome, the details of the full "Red Tape Challenge"...
19 Mar 2012
Three Million Steps for Nature
A year ago we launched Stepping Up for Nature in London ... with launches later in the year in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Since then people like you (and probably you too) have taken nearly three million steps – thank you, they most certainly all add up! Last March I wrote this at the...
9 Mar 2012
Help George to ‘wake up’ before the UK Budget on 21 March
By now you’ve hopefully seen some of the promotion for our ‘Wake Up George’ campaign. We’re calling on the Chancellor, George Osborne, to wake up and use his Budget statement on 21 March to put the environment at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery. We’re doing...
8 Mar 2012
Sue Lees: My (small) part in the Save Kiln Meadow Campaign
Even small steps can make a big difference. As Sue Lees found out when she stepped up for the wildlife of Kiln Meadow. 'It all started when I heard about Ipswich Borough Council's disgraceful 2010 plan to cover the well-loved local nature area - Kiln Meadow - with 170 new houses. Even though...
28 Feb 2012
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...
8 Feb 2012
Grasping the nettle – for corncrake conservation (Work Party No 2)
RSPB volunteers gather nettles for corncrake conservation written by Patsy Harbinson - Volunteer and Farmer Alliance Project Officer What a day we had in Glenariff last Friday on the second of our stepping up for corncrake nettle gathering work parties! As I drove with a carful of volunteers through...
7 Feb 2012
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...
7 Feb 2012
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