Monthly Archives: November 2013

What are we waiting for?

Reading George Monbiot’s book on re-wilding has made me think a great deal about what would need to change in Britain in order for us to restore nature to something like a sustainable level, and to give it the resilience it will … Continue reading

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Re-Naturing or Re-wilding

It was a great debate yesterday evening at the Linnean Society. The only thing that would have made it better is if we had carried on for another two hours. I think pretty everyone in the audience had a question … Continue reading

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The Age of Can Do

Here’s the piece Mark Avery published on his blog this morning. It encompasses some of the thinking I’ve been doing in preparation for this evening’s debate. Let me know what you think. Can Do We are living in the age … Continue reading

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Today’s Blog

Here’s the link to today’s blog, which is on Mark Avery’s website.  

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Blogs here there and elsewhere

Tomorrow I am heading up to London for a debate about nature conservation at the Linnean Society, with George Monbiot, Aidan Lonergan and Clive Hamble. I have written something which will go on Mark Avery’s blog tomorrow morning – this … Continue reading

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The fallacy at the heart of the Governments biodiversity offsetting proposals

I have been thinking a bit more about last week’s Biodiversity Offsetting debate at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity, which I blogged about here. Something was niggling away at the back of my mind and I couldn’t quite … Continue reading

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Biodiversity Offsets and the Antique Woodland Roadshow

What exactly is an Antique Woodland? The other day I found myself at a recent event put on by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity to discuss Biodiversity Offsets. The Consultation is out at the moment and you can … Continue reading

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A nice surprise

This morning I had a nice surprise. My blog has been referenced in yesterday night’s Guardian Editorial. It’s the one about scrub in the uplands, which itself refers to an article I wrote for ECOS in 2001. I don’t normally … Continue reading

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