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Gordon McGlone - Leading for Nature

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With an innovative and dynamic approach, Gordon is a respected wildlife and ecology expert with over 40 years experience. Working with highly skilled colleagues Gordon McGlone & Associates are able to offer consultancy with
expertise in consultancy for organsiations, coaching and mentoring for leaders and team development

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:06 AM

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Global Warming Causes, Climate Change Causes - National Geographic

Global Warming Causes, Climate Change Causes - National Geographic | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Learn about what causes Global Warming at National Geographic. Get facts, news, wallpapers, watch videos, and learn about solutions.
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Good briefing and good information source with 125 years of communication credentials.

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Capturing wildlife through a lens

Capturing wildlife through a lens | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
A competition finds some of the best snapshots of the region's wildlife.
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A competition by Tees Valley, Durham and Northumberland wildlife trusts has found some of the best snapshots of the region's wildlife

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Scottish Wildlife Trust Chief Executive wins prestigious award

Scottish Wildlife Trust Chief Executive wins prestigious award | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

Simon Milne MBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, has been awarded the Third Sector Director of the Year award by the Institute of Directors Scotland.

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Simon is an outstanding Leader for Nature.  He is an expert horticulturalist, clear strategic thinker and retired Royal Marine officer; but he is not remote or arrogant in his manner and behaviours. Simon is a great leader


The citation on The Wildlife Trusts website described Simon admirably:


'In his nine years at the helm of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Simon's determination and vision, combined with great humanity and humour, have allowed him to attract and retain some wonderful staff and to build the financial and operational strength of the organisation.  He has the ability to work closely with landowners, the corporate sector, other voluntary sector bodies and local communities and these are critical aspects of leadership in our sector.'

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US government sued over use of pesticides linked to bee harm

US government sued over use of pesticides linked to bee harm | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Beekeepers, conservation and food campaigners accuse Environmental Protection Agency of failing to protect the insects
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The decline in pollinators, particularly honey bees, bumble bees and solitary bees, is of great concern yet our government seems afraid to take on the mulinationals that make and sell neonicotinoids.


"Britain and Germany have caved in to the industry lobby and refused to ban bee-killing pesticides," said Iain Keith, at campaign group Avaaz. "Today's vote flies in the face of science and public opinion and maintains the disastrous chemical armageddon on bees, which are critical for the future of our food."

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Paterson wins right for controversial CAP greening plans | News | Farmers Guardian

Paterson wins right for controversial CAP greening plans | News | Farmers Guardian | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
DEFRA Secretary Owen Paterson has won the right to press ahead with controversial plans to force farmers in England to join a new agri-environmental scheme to collect their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) greening payment.
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Mr Paterson said he had secured an important concession ‘so that England can avoid the costs and confusion of parallel schemes by greening direct payments entirely through its own national scheme'.


This will not satisfy the coalition of groups that have been pressing for a fari deal for English farmers.  The implications for quality environmental schemes are also unclear.  

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Farming minister insists badger cull is needed

Farming minister insists badger cull is needed | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
NEW figures have shown that nearly 2,000 cattle were slaughtered in Gloucestershire last year as a result of bovine TB.Ministers have said the statistics showed the growing impact of the disease on...
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A need for action should not be equated with a need to cull badgers. The badger cull is becoming a distraction from the full 'tool box' that must be applied vigorously if the disease is to be controlled.  Top amongst these and the measure that is most unpopular with farmers is the reduction in cattle movements.  The insensitivity of the bovine TB skin test means that a proportion of animals from herds that are currently considered clear of bTB but that have had a pattern of breakdowns could be infected with the disease.


The most optimisitc reading of the RBCT and ISG work showed that culling badgers MIGHT (if carried out to a standard that is practically almost impossible to achieve) reduce bTB by 12% to 16%.


A badger cull does not address the missing 84% of the problem.


Action is necessary; the badger cull is the wrong sort of action.

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, March 15, 2013 7:21 AM

A need for action should not be equated with a need to cull badgers. The badger cull is becoming a distraction from the full 'tool box' that must be applied vigorously if the disease is to be controlled.  Top amongst these and the measure that is most unpopular with farmers is the reduction in cattle movements.  The insensitivity of the bovine TB skin test means that a proportion of animals from herds that are currently considered clear of bTB but that have had a pattern of breakdowns could be infected with the disease.


The most optimistic reading of the RBCT and ISG work showed that culling badgers MIGHT (if carried out to a standard that is practically almost impossible to achieve) reduce bTB by 12% to 16%.


A badger cull does not address the missing 84% of the problem.


Action is necessary; the badger cull is the wrong sort of action.

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Research News Brief

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A new study published in Ecology Letters analyzing 23 crops from 14 countries shows that diversified, organic farming boosts the abundance and diversity of pollinators.
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Bees need all the friends that they can get as do the other pollinators that we take for granted. Diverse and organic farming systems don't make the mistake of assuming that pollinators will provide a free high quality ecosystem without any attention to pollinator ecology.

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Transition from CEO to consultant supporter

Transition from CEO to consultant supporter | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The third transition blog examines why slowing down and refreshing can be essential for a major role change in transition from CEO to consultant supporter
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A recent Times article showed that one third of professionals suffer from from burnout.  Getting the work / life balance is the next big challenge for Leaders for Nature.

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Nature Improvement Areas show promising start

Nature Improvement Areas show promising start | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Nature Improvement Areas show promising start

 

 

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Gloucestershire lost out in the first round of Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) despite the impressive work carried out by its Wildlife Trust and other partners. Four Living Landscape programmes are running in the county but none of them has benefitted from the first tranche of NIA funding.

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Horsemeat: Minister Defends Defra Response

Horsemeat: Minister Defends Defra Response | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
There are claims that officials were warned in 2011 that illegal horsemeat had entered the food chain.
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What a sorry mess - lots of blaim and no-one owning up to being responsible for allowing untraceable material into the food chain.

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Protect Mareja

Protect Mareja | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
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Sophie Scott writes:

I am running this EMERGENCY APPEAL TO RAISE £50,000 to better equip our men, improve their safety and build awareness of the upturn in the illegal ivory trade http://www.protectmareja.com/


For the first time organised groups using AK 47s are hunting down our small elephant population. The surrounding national park has confirmed 15 elephants slaughtered in the last 3 weeks, as these photos show, and a further 5 on OUR border at Mareja.



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Mark Gale - Social and Environmental Entrepreneur - Gordon McGlone

Mark Gale - Social and Environmental Entrepreneur - Gordon McGlone | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Mark Gale - Social and Environmental Entrepreneur His latest and biggest scheme for social renewal is to build a motorway services
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My half dozen questions to Mark Gale reveal an amazing story of one man's determination to generate benfits for local communities - and invest in nature too.

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Minister Visit For Marine Conservation Zones Proposals Public Meeting

Minister Visit For Marine Conservation Zones Proposals Public Meeting | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Areas around the Isle of Wight could be included in the proposed scheme.
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The government's decision to establish only 31 of the original 127 Marine Conservation Zones was roundly criticised by conservation organisations.  A fear of legal challenge from commercial interests has resulted in a fudge.


The consultation runs until March 31st. http://www.gordonmcglone.co.uk/marine-conservation-make-your-voice-heard/ 

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, March 26, 2013 2:39 AM

The government consultation on Marine Conserrvation Zones is live until March 31st.  Their decision to establish only 31 of the original 127 was unimpressive. http://www.gordonmcglone.co.uk/marine-conservation-make-your-voice-heard/ 

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Communicating sustainability: lessons from public health

Communicating sustainability: lessons from public health | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Experts in public health have struggled with behaviour change for years. The sustainability sector should learn what it can from their experiences, says Steven Johnson
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Getting the message across and changing behaviours are mighty barriers to sustainable development.  The language in that sentence shows the scale of the challenge.  If the words aren't simple to understand and the messge is not inspiring then no progress.  The health sector is making changes, otheres need to pay attention.

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, March 25, 2013 6:19 AM

Sustainability professionals need to look at the immediate and urgent health case for better communication of long term complex ideas.

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This land is your land? A success story that might slip away

This land is your land?  A success story that might slip away | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Stewardship contracts turn wood into money for projects and jobs but Congress may let program die because of economic misunderstandings.
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The great forests debate in the UK is similar to discussions that are being held worldwide.   Who manages land for the best - the state, private enterprise or partnerships with the 'Thrid Sector'?


Is the Badger cull debate a symptom of a deeper philosophical argument - who owns nature?

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Bill Oddie's tirade against Environment Secretary - ITV News

Bill Oddie's tirade against Environment Secretary - ITV News | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Read Bill Oddie's tirade against Environment Secretary latest on ITV News. All the Politics news
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Bill Oddie is a man who is not afraid to share his passion for nature and make clear what he thinks of our current Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs.

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Local crops 'can still be grown as farming intensifies' - AlertNet

Local crops 'can still be grown as farming intensifies' - AlertNet | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The preservation of genetically diverse local crops can be compatible with the intensification of small-scale farming, a study in Latin America has found.
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SPEED READ

  • Study shows that local maize can be grown alongside peaches
  • Previous research showed that new and traditional crops were unlikely to co-exist
  • The work is part of a wider study of biodiversity and farmin
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Chancellor backs Heseltine growth plans - FT.com

Chancellor backs Heseltine growth plans - FT.com | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
George Osborne will on Monday back Lord Heseltine’s call to overhaul support for business, heralding the transfer of billions from Whitehall to a new pot of money controlled by local people.
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Nature is not getting a fair deal.  'LEPs will compete for funds, reflecting Lord Heseltine’s longstanding belief that the competitive process itself unleashes new ideas.' 


Local Enterprise Partnerships get high level Whitehall support; Local Nature Partnerships don't.

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, March 18, 2013 3:13 AM

Local Nature Partnerships, DEFRA's answer to Local Enterprise Partnerships, are the Cinderella of Big Society implementation. Nature is taken for granted yet again.

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Parliament brings CAP reform closer to Commission proposal

Parliament brings CAP reform closer to Commission proposal | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

Member states have steadily watered down Commission proposals to tie direct payments in the CAP to environmentally friendly farming techniques and to end old quota regimes. Those tendencies were largely backed by the Parliament's agriculture committee in January.

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Green groups welcomed MEPs' departure from the committee position, but lamented that the reform would still not be as green as they wanted. “The best that can be said about today's outcome is that it is not a step backwards,” said Faustine Defossez of the European Environmental Bureau, a green campaign group.

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Mass cull

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The call for a nationwide cull of half the UK's deer population following the publication of a report by the University of East Anglia has been branded as 'extreme' by the Association of Deer Management Groups.

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The RSPCA said they were "opposed in principle to the killing or taking of all wild animals unless there is strong science to support it, or evidence that alternatives are not appropriate.

"Even if a cull is supported by science, it is very important that it is carried out in a humane and controlled way.

"Any decision to carry out a cull must be taken on a case by case basis based on the specific issues which impact a specific area. We don't believe this should be rolled out in a uniform way across the whole country. It is certainly not a case of one size fits all."

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Stroud - Winners of The Wildlife Trusts’ Watch Group of the Year

Stroud - Winners of The Wildlife Trusts’ Watch Group of the Year | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it

Chris Packham, passionate conservationist and The Wildlife Trusts’ Vice President, said:“There are many endangered species in the UK countryside but none more so than the young naturalist. That’s why it is so exciting to celebrate this Watch group’s success. Here are young people who have engaged with wildlife, developed a deeper understanding of their environment and, hopefully, had a lifelong passion ignited by the simple beauty of nature. Superb! Well done!”

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Outdoor adventures of young wildlife enthusiasts have been recognised, winning them the accolade of ‘Watch Group of the Year’, from The Wildlife Trusts. Winners of The Wildlife Trusts’ Watch Group of the Year announced

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Put farming for nature at the top of the agenda

Put farming for nature at the top of the agenda | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
Put farming for nature at the top of the agenda a healthy natural environment pollinating insects clean water good soils is crucial for food and future
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EU budget raises wildlife concerns

EU budget raises wildlife concerns | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
The EU budget deal alarms the European Commission and conservationists who want to incentivise farmers more to protect wildlife.
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A healthy diverse environment is a public good.  Political horse trading (no joke intended) over budgets should repect environmental quality.  Double funding low grade greening is bad news.

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Elephant poaching 'out of control'

Elephant poaching 'out of control' | Leading for Nature | Scoop.it
More than 11,000 elephants have been killed by ivory poachers in Gabon since 2004 according to new research
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Sadly Ellephant poaching is not just a problem in the Gabon; my Friend Sophie Scott reports all to frequently of elephants being poached on the Mareja reserve in Mozambique http://www.protectmareja.com/ .

 

Elephant pocahing is driven by greed, fashion and status.  

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