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Tag Archives: Lush Times
Put a Beaver in your River
Summer, nearly six years ago, and I was doing a lot of walking. That day, Chesil beach, with the long thin lake of the Fleet behind, was sunny and I found myself thoughtlessly kicking a large lump of peat. Peat? … Continue reading
Posted in Beavers Tagged beavers, Lush Times 1 Comment
The People’s Walk for Wildlife
It was a soggy Saturday. The People marched, quietly, fiercely, joyfully, through the West End of London. Many played the magical sound of a dawn chorus from their phones. A remarkable human squid walked alongside Sussex University’s Professor Dave … Continue reading
First course of Gove’s green Brexit has been placed on the table #agriculturebill
It feels like something momentous has just happened. UK Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has published his long-awaited Agriculture Bill, the first in a series of laws which will shape the future of Britain’s environment, after Brexit. Leaving the EU means … Continue reading
Posted in 2018 agriculture bill, Agriculture policy, Lush Times, Michael Gove Tagged agriculture bill, Gove, Lush Times 2 Comments
Did Socialism kill off Mrs Tiggywinkle?
Hedgehogs are back. Well, when I say they are back, they aren’t back. They are disappearing rapidly. But they are back in the news. Perhaps this is just a valiant effort by a few newspaper editors to keep former Foreign … Continue reading
Posted in Agriculture policy, Brexit, Lush Times Tagged Agriculture policy, Brexit, Hedgehogs, Lush Times Leave a comment
Will the New Environment Bill be Michael Gove’s golden opportunity, poisoned chalice or a dead duck
Let’s face it, it’s been a pretty disastrous couple of weeks for our Prime Minister Theresa May. After the apparent success of the Chequers Brexit agreement, May has lost two of her most outspoken pro-Brexit ministers, whose departure triggered a … Continue reading
Posted in Brexit, Environment Bill, Michael Gove Tagged Brexit, Environment Bill, Lush Times, Michael Gove Leave a comment
Where has all our wildlife gone?
What is really, truly happening to wildlife across the UK? Is wildlife disappearing, or are the reports of disappearing insects, road-verge dwelling wildflowers being mown to destruction, and swifts vanishing from our skies, merely agenda-driven doom-mongering by extreme environmentalists, hell … Continue reading
Posted in bioblitz, Chris Packham, farming, Lush Times Tagged bioblitz, Chris Packham, farming, Lush Times, nature 2 Comments
Hollow Promises: A Brexit impact assessment
Can it really be two years since the Earthquake struck and the UK voted to leave the EU? It seems both much longer, and no time at all. So, on this anniversary, I thought it would be timely to explore … Continue reading
Will Gove get his way, for a toothier Green Watchdog?
The Brexit train continues to head towards the buffers. Today sees the EU Withdrawal Bill (aka The Big Brexit Bill) return to the House of Commons, where MPs will consider what to do with its tattered remains, after it received … Continue reading
Posted in Brexit, EU withdrawal bill, Michael Gove Tagged Brexit, EU withdrawal bill, Gove, Green Watchdog, Lush Times 7 Comments
Jacob Rees-Mogg and his fantasy Scrublands
You would have to be a hermit to be unaware of the housing crisis which grips towns and cities across England. Homeless people line our high streets and occupy shop-fronts. But the housing crisis is far wider than that … Continue reading
Posted in Green Belt, housing, Lodge Hill, Lush Times, scrub Tagged Greenbelt, housing, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Lush Times, scrub 1 Comment
Natural Capital thinking leads us astray
It seemed appropriate that I should take part in a debate about natural capital and wetlands yesterday, on International Biodiversity Day. I was invited (I think) to be the Natural Capital dissident. It was a good debate and I enjoyed … Continue reading
Posted in biodiversity, Lush Times, Natural Capital Tagged international biodiversity day, Lush Times, Natural Capital 13 Comments