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New chance to rescue lost commons in Cumbria and North Yorkshire

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9:00pm Monday 29th September 2014

On October 1, for the first time in 45 years, the public can claim lost commons in Cumbria and North Yorkshire. These two counties are to be added to the list of seven pioneer areas in England where commons can be put back on the register, under part 1 of the Commons Act 2006.

Hedgehogs footprints key to survey

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8:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

Scientists have devised a novel and accurate way to monitor the elusive hedgehog – using ink to track their footprints. By placing footprint tunnels at sites across the UK, researchers at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Reading found that for the first time they were able to identify the presence of the secretive mammals with almost complete accuracy.

Global importance of pollinators underestimated

Smallholder: New bio-pesticide raises hope for protecting honey bees

6:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

Declines in populations of pollinators such as bees and wasps may be a key threat to nutrition in some of the most poorly fed parts of the globe, according to new research.

On course to save a bird on the edge

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2:00pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

Over the past forty years, the wild grey partridge - one of Britain's most iconic farmland bird species - has been in rapid decline. Grey partridge numbers have plummeted by more than 80 per cent and, tragically, because of habitat loss and a reduction in essential chick food insects, they have become locally extinct in many areas of the country.

CPRE warns that the countryside will be blighted by housing developments

Smallholder: A view across the countryside of Upper Wharfedale showing farms, drystone walls, hay meadows and sheep in the fields. (6707063)

6:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

A new research paper from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) published today shows that steep targets for the amount of land councils must allocate for housing are opening the door to major housing developments in the countryside.

Perthshire children help celebrate tree-mendous support

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2:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Children from Perthshire went back to nature to celebrate ongoing support for Scotland’s trees and woods from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The children helped to create a special thank you message by creating numbers from natural materials such as pine cones to represent the total at Moncreiffe Hill, a Woodland Trust Scotland wood near Perth.

RSPCA reacts to reinstatement of badger cull -

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4:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

The RSPCA has issued a press release in reaction to the reinstatement of the badger cull. RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles said: “We are saddened but unsurprised at the reinstatement of the badger culls. This action is flying in the face of public and scientific opinion.

Initial results of a new citizen science experiment show more bumblebees observed in urban areas

Smallholder: A healthy buff-tailed bumblebee

2:37pm Monday 8th September 2014

Initial results of a new citizen science experiment: children and their families observe more bumblebees in urban localities compared to suburban and rural settings. Approximately 30,000 people participated in the project this summer, resulting in just over 4,000 bumblebee data entries from all across the UK.

River Nene’s ‘dragons’ boosted by Heritage Lottery Fund support

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1:30pm Sunday 31st August 2014

Amphibians and reptiles living in the River Nene in the East of England are celebrating today after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) backed a project to conserve their habitats. Froglife, a wildlife conservation charity, has received a grant of £472,400 from HLF for its River Nene Dragon Finder project. Over the next four and a half years, people who live alongside the river will be brought together to work on improving, restoring and creating over 150 habitat sites for local wildlife.

First badgers vaccinated in East Sussex

Smallholder: Visible: A badger out and about

11:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Volunteers from the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project have been out vaccinating the first badgers to be vaccinated against Bovine Tb in East Sussex. Two badgers have been caught and vaccinated on land belonging to the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust, as well as two at a residential garden in Oakwood Drive, Uckfield.

Introduction of water voles to Cornwall sees them return to the every county in England for the first time since 1989.

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12:04pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Wildlife experts at the Environment Agency have confirmed that water voles have returned to every county in England, following the final release of 60 captive bred voles within the Bude river catchment in Cornwall.

Wildlife trust to benefit from Cornwall open gardens scheme

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12:26pm Thursday 28th August 2014

“We believe in keeping Cornwall green” says Mike Trustcott, owner of May Tree Garden in St Austell which opens for leading local wildlife charity Cornwall Wildlife Trust on Sunday 7th September as an inspiring finale to their popular Open Gardens scheme. All funds raised go towards protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places.

Tips on how to make your garden wildlife freindly

Smallholder: The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is back this weekend, and people are urged to sign up and look out for wildlife in their gardens

11:32am Thursday 28th August 2014

The RSPB has provided a series of tips to gardeners who want to make sure their outside space is as wildlife friendly as possible.

Inquiry launched into proposed wind farm on wild land

Smallholder: Campaigners in Pencombe are fighting plans for a large wind turbine in the village.

12:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A wind farm which is proposed for peatlands in Cathiness has been described as visually shocking. by Highland Councillors who have unanimously opposed it. An inquiry, now under way into the controversial 24-turbine Limekin development near Reay, will be based on the new Government guidance on wild land.

A gift of free trees to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War

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5:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

Schools, youth groups and community groups are invited to apply for free packs of trees for planting this autumn. This offer is part of the Woodland Trust’s Centenary Woods project – a UK-wide campaign to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Dramatic cuckoo photo wins first prize

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2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

Shaun Barrow of Barnstaple in Devon has won the adult category of The Game & Wildllife Conservation Trust (GWCT) third annual Julian Gardner Award photography competition. His dramatic picture of a cuckoo secured him the prize.

Council responds to criticism

Smallholder: The overgrown footpath at Stretton Sugwas means residents are walking in the road instead.

1:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

A spokesperson for Caerphilly County Borough Council has responded to criticism from the Open Spaces Society regarding its duty to maintaining public rights of way.

Cattle helping to expand new woodland in the Trossachs

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6:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

A herd of Luing cattle is helping to speed up natural regeneration of woodland in the Trossachs. The cattle have been given access to a large area of newly established native woodland on the Woodland Trust's Glen Finglas estate for the first time since it was planted fifteen years ago.

Cotswold farmer wins award for giving extra for conservation

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7:00am Monday 28th 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.

Bumblees benefit from Johnsons flower seeds

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8:00am Friday 25th July 2014

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT), has once again benefited from sales of a dedicated seed mixture produced by Johnsons. For every packet of its Mixed Bumblebee Friendly Flowers seed purchased in the last year, 25p was pledged to the BBCT.

Cotswold farmer wins award for giving extra for conservation

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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.

Think before you pull Ragwort, says Buglife

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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.

Public urged to help support our bees’ needs

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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.

Ancient woodland threat now hits Ambridge

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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.

Contribution of countryside under valued, says Prince's Countryside Fund

Smallholder: A view across the countryside of Upper Wharfedale showing farms, drystone walls, hay meadows and sheep in the fields. (6707063)

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.

Badger vaccination programme underway at Cornish resort

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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.

Landowners encouraged to grow more trees

Smallholder: Scheme to build hundreds of new homes on farmland revealed

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.

Buglife says claims of Swedish oil seed rape yield loss are misleading

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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.

Plan dropped for massive wind-turbines in Cumbrian beauty spot

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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.

Fifteen winged saviours to take to the air

Smallholder: There has been a worrying decline in cuckoo numbers

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).

A ray of light for ancient woodland in Northern Ireland

Smallholder: Woodland Trust's Project Officer, Michael Topping. Photo. Tracy Dorman

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.

Britain's oldest conservation body publishes manifesto

Smallholder: The Open Spaces Society protects Britain's common land

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.

Parasite resistant tree bumblebee spreading across the UK

Smallholder: The European bumblebee has stronger resistance to parasite infections

2:00pm Sunday 8th June 2014

A species of bee from Europe that has stronger resistance to parasite infections than native bumblebees has spread across the UK, according to new research at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Scotland's WW1 heroes to be commemorated with new woodland

Smallholder: Soldiers from The Royal Highland Fusiliers, with Peter Hollins, (Ministry of Defence) and Carol Evans from Woodland Trust Scotland.  Pic: Helen Pugh

9:20am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Scotland’s First World War heroes will be commemorated with new native woodland in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh.

New findings give hope to red squirrels

Smallholder: The Red Squirrel Initiative protects red squirrels

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.

Rescued hedgehog refuses to leave home

Smallholder: Sandy Boyd with Edinburgh at her fattest

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.

Appeal to public to count hedgehogs

Smallholder: Why so prickly?

9:00am Monday 26th May 2014

Hedgehog numbers have dropped alarmingly in the last ten years and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust fears up to a third of the UK's hedgehogs have been lost.

Can ‘Lapwing Envy’ trigger a wildlife revival?

Smallholder: From left to right: Professor Nick Sotherton, GWCT Director of Research, Richard Benyon MP and Charles Phillips from Macaroni Farm, Glos.

9:00am Sunday 25th May 2014

Nearly 200 policy makers, farmers, conservationists and scientists joined forces at a thought-provoking research conference that highlighted how wildlife recovery is within our grasp in the UK.

Woodland Trust wins silver at Chelsea

Smallholder: Sleeping Beauty is the theme of the Woodland Trust's exhibit

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.

To feed or not to feed? - that is the question

Smallholder: Feed birds all year say the BTO  Photo: Josie Latus/BTO

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.

Advances in technology reveal local bat species

Smallholder: Greater Horseshoe Bat Project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

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.

Bird survey shows half-million acres of farmland is dedicated to wildlife

Smallholder: : Starlings were seen on over 40% of the farms taking part and were the most abundant bird recorded in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Big Farmland Bird Count. (Photo credit: Peter Thompson, GWCT.

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.

Plants evolve ways to control embryo growth.

Smallholder: Hailing the hardiest of small plants

2:15pm Friday 11th April 2014

A new generation of high yield plants could be created following a fundamental change in our understanding of how plants develop.

Andrew George MP promoting badger vaccination at the green fair

Smallholder: n NFU Dorset NFU chairman Paul Gould broadly welcomes the move to protect livestock from bovine TB

1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The MP for the West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly constituency of St Ives, Andrew George, will be supporting the Green Fair at St John’s Hall in Penzance on Saturday, April 12 at 10am.

South West Water funding helps keep Penwith wild

Smallholder: Wild Penwith Volunteer tasks such as clearing invasive plant species helps benefit stream wildlife including otters photo by Elliot Smith

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.

All of Britain and Ireland’s birds mapped digitally for the first time

Smallholder: Birds, Binoculars and Biscuits

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.

Where can you see the best bluebells this spring?

Smallholder: Where can you see the best bluebells this spring?

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.

Red squirrels disappearing on Isle of Wight

8:00am Tuesday 23rd July 2013

The Red squirrel population on the Isle of Wight is reported to be the lowest in 20 years.

Green farmers line up for wildlife awards

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.

Beaver spotted living wild in Devon

9:06am Thursday 18th July 2013

A woman claims she has seen a beaver living wild on the River Otter in Devon.



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