Monthly Archives: April 2016

Pythagoras, Bean Counters and Natural Capital

“have nothing to do with the bean.” We are all familar with Pythagoras who discovered that, for a triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is the sum of the squares of tte opposite sides. What we may not realise is … Continue reading

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Rampisham Down: British Solar Renewables have a digital spring clean

With only a little over 4 months to go before the Rampisham Down Public Inquiry gets underway, British Solar Renewables has been having a digital clear out, getting rid of information that might not put it in the best light … Continue reading

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Floodplain Meadows: Beauty and Utility

“In Shakespeare’s play Henry the Fifth, there is a scene, after the battle of Agincourt, where the captured Duke of Burgundy is lamenting the cost of war. He does this by conjuring up before our eyes a picture of what … Continue reading

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Support the NFU as they campaign for Britain to stay in the EU

Is this the most significant moment in the EU referendum campaign so far? The National Farmers Union, representing 50,000 of the largest and wealthiest farming landowners in England (and Wales), who receive the lion’s share of all subsidies provided to … Continue reading

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It’s new moon: a goat must be sacrificed

Some random musings on natural capital. Sacrifice may have been a way for societies to avoid creating ecological debt. Ecological debt is another way of describing the damage to nature inflicted by human activity. Arguably ecological debt starts when modern … Continue reading

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Sheep Farmers fire dud in Lynx reintroduction battle

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is a charity, originally founded in 1892 as the National Sheep Breeders Association (stop sniggering at the back). It has just over 6000 members, and as such is a very small charity, if measured by … Continue reading

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Overlooked urban nature: the surprising history of some early Spring flowers

We’ve been away for a Spring break in Paris, which was lovely. Here’s a piece I write a few weeks ago, which was published on the excellent Nearby Wild blog…..   Early spring is possibly my favourite time of year. … Continue reading

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