Government report shows the UK is set to miss biodiversity goals. How can we turn this around?

While eyes turn inwards to the focal point of Westminster this week, the Government dispatched a (metaphorical) passenger pigeon to the United Nations carrying its report on its progress against international wildlife (biodiversity) targets. Like the ill-fated passenger pigeon (which, at the hand of hunting, went from the world’s most numerous bird to globally extinct…

Wildflower Power

Did you enjoy any particularly beautiful countryside this National Picnic Week? Perhaps a bouquet of flowers this National British Flowers week?  We take a look at the hidden role of wildflowers in enriching these pastimes, including their underlying role in supporting our wildlife and economy. Planting wildflowers is certainly in vogue at the moment, which…

Bees’ needs and farming subsidies

There was good news for bees this week as Defra published its National Pollinator Strategy (NPS) to address the decline in the numbers of bees and other pollinators like moths and hoverflies. The National Trust is aiming to do its bit to help but questions remain about the impact of wider policies on pollinators, which…