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.

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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The Cork Pot Story

I’m thinking about Turtles. Turtles which died because they had swallowed a plastic bag, a bag that once carried some shopping. Discarded, it fell into a river; the river flowed to the sea, the sea joined the ocean. The Turtle … Continue reading

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National Meadows Day

It’s national meadows day and I thought this would be a good point to write something about them. Meadows  – the word is deep within our collective memory – it crops up on branded packaging for fake supermarket farms, decaying … Continue reading

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Farmland Tax Breaks revealed

Today the charity I work for, People Need Nature, publishes its latest report, investigating the tax system and how it affects farmland. “Where there’s muck there’s brass: revealing the billions hidden in farmland tax shelters” lays out the many, varied, … Continue reading

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A New Hope?

  There have been very few days recently when politics have provided good news of a morning, but this morning is definitely one of them. The EU elections – which were always going to be a proxy for another go … Continue reading

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