Research continues to show that being active in nature helps us all to grow, live and age well. And that means green environments can help reduce the strain on the NHS. Dom Higgins is Nature and Wellbeing manager at the Wildlife Trusts.
It’s 2019, we have completed Brexit and our fishermen are looking out over British seas no longer governed by the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and are imagining a return to a golden age of British boats returning to port loaded down with British fish and seafood, writes Tim Ferrero, Fisheries Officer at The Wildlife Trusts.
February 14th and the age-old dilemma, where’s the perfect place to impress our chosen valentine? From sunny holiday romances to walks along windswept shorelines and perhaps even a cheeky midnight skinny-dip (though not in February!) - for me it’s the sea, writes Tim Ferrero.
Given the current housing crisis, a parliamentary bill to help identify and free up more land to build homes and provide upfront information to communities should be welcomed - but is it all good news?
Policy Consultant Ruth Chambers explains...
Wildlife knows no political boundaries. I was reminded of this recently when I visited archaeological digs at Must Farm and Flag Fen in East Anglia. The finds of fish hooks and the remains of wildfowl and fish traps, thousands of years old, were a poignant reminder of our reliance on natural resources, including migratory species that came and went with the seasons. Preserved in the peat of East Anglia alongside the remains of fish and birds, are log boats, axe heads and spades, pottery and amber. Amber from eastern Europe and tools of the same design as those found in Wales and Ireland, confirm extensive travel and trade from a time where countries and borders hardly existed.
As staff we have the pleasure of being based at Lower Smite Farm, a 65ha mixed farm between Worcester and Droitwich. It’s an average size for a Worcestershire farm and we bought it in 2002 to develop it as a site for debate and demonstration of techniques that other land managers could adopt to help halt the general decline in farmland wildlife and increase resilience to climate change.