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7:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014
Richard Benyon, who was awarded the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s prestigious 2013 Cotswold Grey Partridge Trophy for the miles of wildlife habitats that he has created for this rare bird, recently passed on the baton to the latest winner of this coveted prize.
8:00am Thursday 24th July 2014
Buglife is asking people to think hard before they pull ragwort from local fields and meadows. Ragwort has been implicated in the poisoning of horses and other grazing animals, though poisoning is actually much rarer than people realise and generally occurs when ragwort has been cut within a hay crop and fed to animals.
4:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Five simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted today to protect the vital contribution these insects make to our economy.
7:00am Thursday 17th July 2014
It may be fictional but the latest storyline in the BBC’s longest running soap opera, 'The Archers', highlights the very real and growing threat to ancient woodland from development. The Woodland Trust has written a 'formal letter of objection' to the proposed relief road which is set to destroy Starley’s Copse, an ancient wood near Ambridge, the village in which the programme is set.
9:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014
Rural and “opportunity” are words not often associated together, but with 5.5 million people employed in the rural economy, and domestic food and drink contributing £22 billion to the UK economy, The Prince’s Countryside Fund says it’s time to rethink how we view the value of the countryside.
2:10pm Monday 14th July 2014
The controversial subject of badger culling has been a hot topic in the West Country for a number of years. To cull or to vaccinate has split farmers and land owners across the country, leaving those with smallholdings confused by what options are available to them.
3:00pm Monday 7th July 2014
Landowners and farmers are being invited to find out how sporting opportunities can be enhanced, flood risk reduced and crop pollination increased by planting trees on their land. Advisors from the Woodland Trust are set to demonstrate how well-sited woodland creation can provide habitats and shelter for a number of wildlife and livestock species at this year’s CLA Game Show.
1:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014
NFU vice-president Guy Smith has publicly claimed that farmers in Sweden have reported a 70 per cent loss in spring oil seed rape yields. Similar claims appear on the NFU website and twitter and are central to the NFU's position that the ban on Cruiser (clothianidin) treated seeds must be lifted to prevent crop loss from flea beetles.
12:00pm Friday 4th July 2014
The Open Spaces Society,Britain’s oldest national conservation body, is delighted that Banks Renewables has abandoned its plan to build three massive wind-turbines near Killington Reservoir in Cumbria (near junction 37 on the M6 motorway)—the gateway to the Lake District and the Western Fells of the Yorkshire Dales.
1:00pm Friday 13th June 2014
In a bid to tackle the worrying decline in cuckoo numbers, 15 satellite-tagged individuals are to take to the air during the next week, and begin transmitting information of their incredible journeys to researchers at the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology).
6:00pm Thursday 12th June 2014
Thanks to a £1.9 million boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Woodland Trust has embarked upon a UK-wide project which could see the restoration of up to 52,000 hectares (200 square miles) of damaged ancient woodland.
11:06am Monday 9th June 2014
The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, has published its manifesto for the 2015 Westminster election. The organisation, which campaigns to protect common land, village greens, open spaces and public paths, and people’s right to enjoy them, throughout England and Wales. calling on politicians of all parties to support these policies.
2:00pm Sunday 8th June 2014
9:20am Tuesday 3rd June 2014
9:10am Thursday 29th May 2014
Research results published this week found that the culling of grey squirrels can both remove the competitive threat posed to red squirrels and also significantly reduces the disease threat to red squirrels from squirrel pox virus. Surviving grey squirrels show dramatically reduced levels of exposure to the virus.
12:00pm Tuesday 27th May 2014
A rescued hedgehog prefers domesticity to the wild and is refusing to leave home. Edinburgh, named after the city where she was found, grew to more than 2.26kg (5lbs) after falling in love with the mealworms she was fed. The chunky hog ended up at nearly twice the weight of an average adult hedgehog.
9:00am Monday 26th May 2014
9:00am Sunday 25th May 2014
11:00am Tuesday 20th May 2014
The Woodland Trust's RHS Chelsea exhibit 'Beauty Sleeping', which highlights the need to protect and restore the nation’s irreplaceable ancient woodland, has been awarded a silver medal at the world famous flower show.
7:20am Tuesday 20th May 2014
The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Garden BirdWatch (GBW) team often get asked during the summer whether, or not, to continue feeding garden birds. The answer is yes; the BTO’s advice is to feed all year round as garden birds may struggle to find food at any time of year.
9:47am Tuesday 29th April 2014
A new study, just published in the journal British Wildlife shows how recent advances in technology can give anyone the opportunity to find out what species of bats are present in their local area. The study reveals the tremendous success of the Norfolk Bat Survey, a ‘citizen science’ project involving volunteers from across the county of Norfolk.
6:50am Monday 14th April 2014
Bird survey shows half-million acres of farmland is dedicated to wildlife Despite it being the wettest winter since records began more than 500 farmers, covering nearly half-million acres of UK farmland, rose to the challenge of taking part in the first year of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Big Farmland Bird Count in February.
2:15pm Friday 11th April 2014
1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014
2:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014
Since last September Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wild Penwith Volunteers have carried out over 160 hours of practical conservation work across west Penwith, helping to restore eight acres of important wildlife habitat; all thanks to funding from South West Water. The Trust, Cornwall’s leading local wildlife charity protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places are delighted that the company have just agreed to support Wild Penwith for another year.
12:01pm Thursday 10th April 2014
For the first time ever, over 3,500 maps showing the distribution, range change and abundance for over five hundred different species of bird that have been recorded in Britain and Ireland since 1968 are freely available online.
8:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014
Priding itself on its abundance of native bluebells, Godolphin near Helston is preparing to welcome the warm weather and embrace the outdoors amid the beauty of this characteristically springtime flower.
8:00am Tuesday 23rd July 2013
10:39am Friday 19th July 2013
After months of deliberation, the judges for this year's RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Award have selected eight farmers from across the UK to go through to the final of this prestigious award. Now it's up to the public to decide who they think should come out on top.
9:06am Thursday 18th July 2013
1:01pm Friday 7th June 2013
12:22pm Tuesday 28th May 2013
OWEN PATERSON, the environment secretary, has told The Sunday Times he has drawn up plans for a big expansion of badger culling — including allowing farmers the freedom to shoot the animals — before the first two controversial trial culls have even begun.
12:02pm Thursday 23rd May 2013
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6:00am Friday 29th March 2013
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5:00pm Saturday 23rd March 2013
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11:04am Tuesday 29th January 2013
The RSPB’s wildlife enquiries team has had an influx of calls reporting singing nightingales. But the wildlife charity is assuring callers that the birds are likely to be robins, which sing at night even during winter.
11:00am Wednesday 23rd January 2013
9:50am Tuesday 15th January 2013
Garden birds will need all the help they can get to survive, says charity With sub zero temperatures suddenly upon us, the RSPB is advising people to make sure their bird feeders and tables are full of high energy foods.
5:23pm Tuesday 8th January 2013
Bill Oddie’s Bird Food Recipes YouTube Channel has attracted many thousands of viewers since its launch and is fast becoming the go-to place for online bird feeding information from the iconic Naturalist and TV Broadcaster.
6:36pm Thursday 3rd January 2013
12:30pm Thursday 27th December 2012
One of the leading icons of Christmas, the wild grey partridge, recently described as one of our most rapidly declining farmland birds, is fighting back and showing an 81 per cent increase on land that is being specifically managed for this iconic species
5:00am Monday 17th December 2012
The RSPB has responded to proposals unveiled today for the protection of England’s coasts and seas. Martin Harper, Conservation Director, said: “The announcement by environment minister Richard Benyon is hugely disappointing.
6:00am Tuesday 11th December 2012
Forestry Commission Wales is urging landowners to reconsider applying for the Glastir woodland creation grant scheme if their land was not eligible when the scheme was first launched. Thanks to changes to the map that is used to assess applications to the grant scheme, planting trees may now be possible in some areas where it was previously not permitted.
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