Category Archives: dogs

Stewart continues his journey, and it’s Coffey Time at Defra

We now know which ministers will work with Andrea Leadsom at Defra. Rory Stewart, who was apparently punished by David Cameron for disagreeing with him over Afghanistan, has now been rehabilitated. Having served his time at Defra, he is now … Continue reading

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Miliband and Truss combine to declare EU best for climate action. #EUreferendum

          Ed Miliband surfaced from the political ocean depths today, to join forces with Liz Truss. There’s a sentence I never expected to write. With Caroline Lucas and former LibDem energy minister Ed Davey, they have … Continue reading

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Ecosystem Services for whom?

Ecosystem Services – the idea that we benefit from goods and services provided for free by nature. To be frank, the phrase is ugly. It’s ugly language to use to describe so much beauty – Nature; the bringer of joy, … Continue reading

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Which is the biggest threat to sheep – Dogs or Lynx?

It’s understandable why sheep farmers and their organisations should be worried about the reintroduction of Apex Predators such as Wolf and Lynx. Recent proposals to reintroduce Lynx have met with stiff opposition from the likes of the National Sheep Association, … Continue reading

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Kennel Club challenges Corporation of London over Burnham Beeches Dog Control

I recently wrote about Dogs and nature. Dogs undoubtedly have a fantastic social value, but also a large environmental footprint, not least in areas valuable for their nature. This causes some interesting tensions to arise, as dog-lovers also tend to … Continue reading

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Dog Wars IV: The NFU piles in

  As a non-subscribing reader of the Farmers Weekly website, I only have ten free articles per month, but as we are near the end of May, I decided to splash out today and read this article, which I reproduce … Continue reading

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Dog Wars III: Parasites from Dog Poo make dairy cows abort

This article was in yesterday’s Farmer’s Weekly. As there is a partial paywall on that website now, I am copying in the article so you don’t have to go the FW website to read it. Stop using our fields as … Continue reading

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Dog Wars 2: the battle for Rodden Meadow

who could have done that? It wasn’t my dog….. Following Sunday’s dog blog, as if on cue, this story pops up, albeit in the Mail. A retired haulier and beef farmer bought a 29 acre meadow in the middle of Frome, … Continue reading

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Gone to the Dogs

I grew up with dogs. We had a succession of Welsh collies. Kirsty was a family pet before I was born, but sadly died young. Meg accompanied me through childhood into teenage years – I will always remember going up … Continue reading

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