Tag Archives: re-wilding

The strange case of Dr Earth and the UKIP environment policies

Dr Strangelove Curious to discover whether UKIP could justify new(ish) recruit Mark Reckless’ position on the protection of Lodge Hill (he is currently for its protection), I went in search of their environmental policies. I had already subjected myself to … Continue reading

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The Cockle of Rebellion

Corncockle Some of you may have noticed I have not been posting for the past 5 weeks or so. We have been to Australia to catch up with family and have a good holiday. It was an amazing trip and … Continue reading

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High Speed Wild: The case for a new Wild Landscape through England

HS2 is about to be given a big push forwards tomorrow when it will receive its second reading – and former Environment shadow Mary Creagh, now Shadow Transport SoS is supporting it. She will be eyeing a cabinet position after … Continue reading

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No targets and prescriptions – Conservation: The Knepp Way

wild daffodils on Knepp Estate (c) miles king On Wednesday I was privileged to spend a day at the Knepp Estate in Sussex, with Natural England Agriculture Policy experts – not that NE do policy of course. Other experts (and … Continue reading

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Planting Trees in the Uplands? There’s an idea….

I was so excited at the thought of OPatz going to live in the woods, foraging for mushrooms and curing  badger hams , that I forgot to check what was actually said earlier this week, in relation to flooding and … Continue reading

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Owen Paterson embraces Re-wilding.

Thanks to Phil Brewin (@waterlevels) for the photo of flooding on the Somerset Levels. It was only a couple of months ago, that Owen Paterson gave his most significant speech since he became Environment Secretary, to the Tory’s favourite Think … Continue reading

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Conservation and Re-wilding: the film

The Linnean Society filmed the debate I had with George Monbiot in November, discussing the pros and cons of Re-wilding and Conservation. The film, which was professionally made and edited, is now available to watch here . I haven’t seen … Continue reading

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A Robo – Phantasy

This blog appeared on yesterday’s Woodland Trust blog ,  but I thought I would recycle it today. A new approach to Forest “Management” The Holocene Forest (which existed from around 10000 years before present to 7000 bp ) was a … Continue reading

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Conservation needs Change

This a continuation of the series of blogs stimulated by the re-wilding and conservation debate at the Linnean Society on Wednesday. I looked at how people’s relationship with nature has evolved to the point now where we can more or … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, animism, Beavers, biodiversity, Common Agricultural Policy, conservation, ecosystem services, environmental policy, European environment policy, farming, Floodplains, Forestry, Forestry Commission, greenspace, housing, management, neoliberalism, NFU, Owen Paterson, public goods, public land, regulatory reform, semi-natural | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Re-Naturing or Re-wilding

It was a great debate yesterday evening at the Linnean Society. The only thing that would have made it better is if we had carried on for another two hours. I think pretty everyone in the audience had a question … Continue reading

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