Monthly Archives: December 2013

Lodge Hill Grasslands and the NVC

I’ve received this comment from Doug Hulyer, Board member of Natural England, regarding my post about the notification of Lodge Hill as an SSSI. It was good to see you at the Board meeting, Miles. I take issue with your … Continue reading

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Co-operating in a stitch up?

Interesting news today that the Co-op bank is paying “hundreds of thousands of pounds” to Reputation management company Quiller Consultants, while slashing support for charities, including the Co-operate Women’s Guild and Mutuo, the co-op’s thinktank. This is apparently as a … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela Rest In Peace

By Copyright World Economic Forum ( [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons I grew up in East London during the era of the National Front, the Anti Nazi League and the Free Nelson Mandela campaign. When I went to Bristol University … Continue reading

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Upcycle Bungalow Land to build more homes

Bungalow Land (David Hunt [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons Britain and especially England needs more houses. Yes there are a million empty homes  – some of which can be brought back into residential use easily (many cannot). But they aren’t … Continue reading

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Chairs Past Present and Future

Stan Shebs [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-SA-2.5 (, via Wikimedia Commons Following on from Monday’s post, I thought I would look back at who has chaired the Council of Natural England, English Nature, the Nature Conservancy Council and – … Continue reading

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Come in and have a look around

Wikimedia Commons: Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine This is my 78th post since I started blogging again, in May this year. I’ve  been blogging like mad over the past three or four weeks – thanks to everyone … Continue reading

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The New Natural England Chair: Andrew Sells

The experience of having been present and witnessed a Natural England Board meeting is still fresh in my mind. I was struck in particular at how important a role the chair, Poul Christensen, played in helping his fellow Non-ex members … Continue reading

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