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Filthy Lucre: What is Conservation's financial future?

 

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Filthy Lucre - What is conservation's financial future?

May
14

Nature conservation is not, we must acknowledge, high in the pecking order when it comes to prioritising public spending at the moment.  Alongside many other branches of societal activity which are seen as in some way optional, and outside the protected health/education core, the statutory environment sector has suffered huge cuts in its budgets.

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Wilder Britain

Mar
13
Rewilding

As many of us BANC folk will be aware, it was more than a decade ago that BANC was pioneering and challenging, as is our way, with its championing of wilding/(re)wilding.  That ‘rewilding’ then included the now familiar 'landscape scale' and connectivity conservation imperatives etc.

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‘Shared Willed Land’ - In defence of managed habitat

Mar
11
Managed Habitats

There is a trend – not new, but magnified of late – to worship at the alter of Rewilded Land, and yearn for the truth and beauty just within our grasp, if only we could 'LET GO' and allow nature to will itself back to wildness.  George Monbiot’s Feral is of course the latest and brightest candle set upon that rewilded alter, and it seems de rigeur to spit on the very thought of sheep, and wax lyrical for our long dead mega

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To dredge or not to dredge?

Jan
31

Flooding in the Somerset levels has become rather a political hot (or should that be wet?) potato in recent days...

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Vacancy for a Digital Communications Volunteer

Jan
03

We are looking for a volunteer to join BANC and develop our website and social media presence. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with BANC and as we are a small team, there is a lot of scope to participate in decision-making and drive the direction of our online communications. For more information, please see our ad on environmentjob.co.uk.

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AGM and Field Visit - Update

Oct
11

Sat 19th October AGM and Field Visit

Field Visit
10.30 - 12.30 pm. Great Crane Project,  Kings Sedgemoor RSPB Reserve, near Langport, Somerset.

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Nature conservation – why bother?

Sep
03

I used to work as an accountant.  But I increasingly found the world of high finance and profit dispiriting.  So I took two years out to find out what I really wanted to do in my life.  I had already decided to go to Australia and become a backpacker.  But, ever wise, my girlfriend said “why don’t you do something that you’re really interested in while you’re out there – how about getting involved in some environmental projects?”

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AGM and visit to the Great Crane Project, West Sedgemoor.

Aug
21

 

This year’s BANC AGM will be on Saturday 19th October. We will be starting the day with a guided walk from the West Sedgemoor RSPB Reserve led by Damon Bridge of the Great Crane Project. Cranes can’t be guaranteed but we do promise an interesting and informative walk!

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Why won’t you DO something!

Aug
20

The State of Nature report and its associated media coverage were a tribute to a lot of hard work from a lot of people.  It’s a fine publication, powerfully delivered and expertly promoted.  It’s probably the single most powerful and focused attempt by the conservation sector to raise the alarm on the assault afflicting our wildlife. 

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Our future nature?

Aug
02

I have enjoyed the provocations while reading George Monbiot’s book Feral, Searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding. And its mixed reviews as it is always revealing to see other people’s take on things. The book includes some review of rewilding in the UK such as  much appreciation of Trees for Life work restoring the Caledonian Forest and reporting  attempts to return missing species.

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Enriching conservation

Jul
07

Is the term “conservation” redundant? Peter Taylor thinks so. Writing in the spring edition of ECOS (34 (1)) he suggests new labels are needed for current approaches to managing nature.  I am glad he raises the matter. “Conservation” is dull.  Its resonance has gone. And maybe we can even question the concept. Is it the priority for helping wildlife? I’m not so sure.

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Ashes to ash

May
12

The government has a cunning plan. Its response to fears of disease wiping out the nation’s ash trees is to plant another quarter of a million. Like canaries down mines, these young trees will be planted in disease hot spots to see which keel over. This should help identify those plants with natural resistance to the disease and thus build a healthy stock for the future. The £1.5 million project involves buying up stocks of young ash, which were otherwise due for the shredder, and planting them in the south east corner of England.

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Blogging to oblivion?

May
05

So here we are at BANC and ECOS catching up with the world of blogging and tweeting.  Forgive me if I join in reluctantly, for I cannot see how this helps the green cause.  Is it a smarter way to act and communicate? Maybe. But is it a wiser way to behave and communicate? Maybe not. To be in tune with the natural world we should commune with it. Surely we should yearn for nature’s sounds and senses, and nature’s silence, however we each summon up these wonders in our minds or experience them for real.

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