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Category Archives: spiritual value
St. Boniface, Avatar and West Ham United – in the realm of sacred trees
It’s not often that a giant magical tree stars in a Hollywood mega blockbuster film. And what could possibly connect it to a key story in the transformation of Northern Europe from pagan-worshippers to Christians? These are the kinds of … Continue reading
Leaving Footprint, starting something new
Today is my last day at Footprint Ecology. I’ve had a very interesting 18 months here, working on a number of management plans, a variety of Habitat Regulations Assessments, the protection of Lodge Hill and Rampisham Down, researching and writing … Continue reading
Remembrance Sunday Dorchester We went to the Remembrance service in Dorchester on Sunday. I never used to go as a child, or as an adult, until the last few years. I suppose my own experience … Continue reading
Posted in remembrance day, spiritual value, symbolism Tagged Remembrance Day, spiritual value of nature, Symbolism Leave a comment
A State of Mind
Today is an important anniversary for me. It’s a year to the day since I went to my GP and he diagnosed me with anxiety and depression. I had known there was something wrong for a long time but had … Continue reading
Here’s the link to today’s blog, which is on Mark Avery’s website.
Biodiversity Offsetting – some further thoughts
Today’s blog appears on the Woodland Trust Blog site. http://wtcampaigns.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/biodiversity-offsetting-some-related-issues/.
Posted in agriculture, biodiversity, biodiversity offsetting, Charities campaigning, ecosystem services, environmental policy, forest elephant, George Monbiot, housing, management, meadows, neoliberalism, Owen Paterson, rewilding, scrub, spiritual value, straight tusked elephant, uplands Tagged biodiversity, Church, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, George Monbiot, offsetting, Owen Paterson, re-wilding 3 Comments
Sacrifices, ancient and modern
We like to think we live in such settled, civilised and rational times. It wasn’t so long ago though – up to the 19th Century – that farmers feared the effect of evil spirits on their livestock and made Land … Continue reading
Posted in animism, badgers, churches, farming, self-willed land, spiritual value, Uncategorized Tagged Badger culling in the United Kingdom, Beltaine, Bonfire Night, Caithness, Church, Golden Bough, Goodman, Goodman's Fields Theatre, Goodmans Fields, Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes Night, Murrain, Self willed Land 9 Comments
Nature Encounter: Red Squirrel.
By Paul Whippey (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons It was a week after my brother died, we were in the Isle of Wight, where I was surveying strandline vegetation. I had gained access to a private wood, part … Continue reading
Posted in Isle of Wight, red squirrel, spiritual value Tagged Isle of Wight, red squirrel, spiritual value of nature 4 Comments