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Category Archives: Downland
Dorset chalk downland site sprayed with herbicide and re-seeded for farming.
It seems almost inconceivable that 20 years has passed since a Chalk Downland Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) was ploughed up in Sussex. The Offham Down case became a minor cause celebre during the election campaign of 1997 which … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, Downland, EIA, farm subsidies, Natural England Tagged Adonis Blue, chalk downland, damage, Dorset, EIA, Entry Level Scheme, Herbicide, Natural England 13 Comments
Saum, Clarkson, re-wilding and whither British Conservation?
the challenge of maintaining Saum I just read an excellent review of Feral on the blog of Green Alliance Director Matthew Spencer. It arrived, in timely fashion on the same day as George published his challenge to British Conservation in … Continue reading
Posted in biodiversity, carbon storage, climate change, Downland, forest elephant, George Monbiot, management, Mesolithic, rewilding, Saum, scrub, straight tusked elephant, uplands Tagged Conservation, Environment, Feral, George Monbiot, Green Alliance, Habitat, Jeremy Clarkson, Matthew Spencer, rewilding, scrub 5 Comments
Feral by George Monbiot – a review
The Feral Shore I have promised myself, and some of you, that I would write a review of Feral by George Monbiot. I enjoyed the book, at least in parts. Although I will try and refrain from Ad hominem criticism … Continue reading
Posted in agriculture, animism, anti conservation rhetoric, anti-environmental rhetoric, biodiversity, carbon storage, climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Cultural Cringe, Downland, ecosystem services, environmental policy, farming, forest elephant, George Monbiot, invasive species, management, Mesolithic, neoliberalism, rewilding, self-willed land, soils, straight tusked elephant Tagged Feral, George, George Monbiot, Mark Avery, Monbiot, re-wilding, Straight Tusked Elephant, Trophic Cascade, Yellowstone National Park 15 Comments
Dear Reader, you might have been wondering why there have been no new blogs since the 5th August. I have been on an unscheduled blog break – I may have Bloggers Block. Work has intervened, in a good way … Continue reading
Posted in cancer, Downland, George Monbiot Tagged Blog, Blogging, Box Hill, cancer, chalk downland, Feral, George, George Monbiot, Laura Lynch, London 3 Comments