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Understanding climate impacts and then doing something about it - some lessons from the bittern success story
One of the main messages from yesterday’s International Panel on Climate Change report ( here ) is that a changing climate is already having an impact on wildlife and things could get a lot worse. Perhaps the starkest sign of climate change in the natural world is the great one-way migration...
1 Apr 2014
Renewable energy in harmony with nature: a pipedream?
Imagine a world where the RSPB and its BirdLife International partners never had to oppose renewable energy developments. Wind farms would always be sited in places which caused no harm to wildlife, destructive concrete barrages would be confined to history and any bioenergy we use led to real carbon...
22 Nov 2011
One big step forward and one little step back
I hope you like the new look blog! On Saturday , I mentioned the need for the UK Government to live up to its "greenest government ever" aspirations and to step up for nature . This week, they've taken one big step forward and one little step back. First the good news ... The Climate...
19 May 2011
What Price Power from the Severn?
Gwyn Williams, Head of Reserves and Protected Areas, contributes this blog about the Severn Barrage, following this week’s publicity around a new proposal by Hafren Power: With a week gone, Martin’s prediction that it was likely to be a quiet fortnight is looking a little insecure, given...
20 Aug 2012
The Habitats Regulations - the case for the defence
We are still reeling from the Chancellor's economic statement . I summed up our mood in an interview I gave to Farming Today (about 8 minutes in). We can just about live with a review of the Habitats Regulations . As in the 2006 Davidson review, we think that the regulations will stand up to scrutiny...
1 Dec 2011
Get your hands dirty
I like hot weather, though I rarely seem to find it when I go on my occasional holidays to the North East of England. But like many other sun-starved Brits, I have been enjoying the recent dry, sunny spell that we’ve been experiencing here at The Lodge . But not all Martins are such big fans...
20 May 2011
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