Author Archives: Miles King

About Miles King

UK conservation professional, writing about nature, politics, life. All views are my own and not my employers. I don't write on behalf of anybody else.

Election Blog 2: Floods and Tree-planting

It has been a bit of a surprise to see the environment figure so prominently in the election campaign over the last week or so – usually it’s so far down the list of priorities, or perhaps more accurately the … Continue reading

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Election Blogs 1: setting the scene

          There’s an election coming! yes of course you know. But this could be the most interesting and bizarre election in decades. The old tribal boundaries between Left and Right are really breaking down, and it’s … Continue reading

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The Brexit Charade

The Brexit charade continues to play out. Increasingly shrill, even hysterical threats emanate from what we can only assume to be the new bunker built by Dominic Cummings’ dad under Number 10 Downing Street. The latest one, picked up and … Continue reading

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Climate Action, food and farming: a seismic shift for the NFU?

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my critical views on the National Farmers Union, the NFU – over the years. So be prepared for a shock, brace yourselves and read on. Or stop now if your cognitive … Continue reading

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Brexit Coups, Communism and Civil Assistance; some history.

It feels like things are coming to a head. Talk of a coup may be overblown, but the Prime Minister has indicated that he may refuse to abide by an Act of Parliament – you know, the one that will … Continue reading

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Another top wildlife site trashed – landowner given paltry fine and let off costs

News has been dripping out, about a significant incident of damage to an SSSI in North Yorkshire. The first we heard was on 21st August, when Defra announced a successful prosecution of a SSSI owner in North Yorkshire. The owner … Continue reading

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#Unchecked launches. The need for Regulation and Enforcement.

A new campaign launches today  – called Unchecked. The premise is that Regulation (yes with a capital R) is a Good Thing  – for people, communities, the environment, the climate, society. And while Regulations (ie the rule book) are vital, … Continue reading

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The world in 2130 – a short story by Jane Wilkinson

Continuing the series of fiction contributions, this one is from Jane Wilkinson (@bikerjaney) Not sure if you know, Miles, but I have a time machine. I travelled to 2130 last week and it was a surprising place. The climate had … Continue reading

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The Web – a short story by Vicki Hird

continuing in the same vein as my “Forest of Brexeat” story earlier this week, Vicki Hird has written this piece…   The web was both delicate and strong. And as large as a lake. Spreading out as a silk cloak … Continue reading

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The Forest of Brexeat – a short story

April was upon them and shelter was their goal. The sun beat down upon their heads, sweat pouring off them as the boy took a small swig of water from his grandfather’s water bottle. “Just small sips lad, we don’t … Continue reading

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