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Linnets for Lancasters - bid to turn Dambusters airfield into wildlife reserve

Linnets for Lancasters - bid to turn Dambusters airfield into wildlife reserve | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
Historic Woodhall Spa base in Lincolnshire, home to 617 Squadron after the Ruhr raids, currently a derelict sand and gravel quarry
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Great imagination from Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust who seek to recreate the kind of rural heritage that motivated so many folk during the bitter period of the Second World War.  It is worth remembering that the most fundamental changes to legislation affecting planning, land management and built heritage conservation came in the late 1940s at a time when the true value of the British life was brought into sharp focus by war time deprivations.  We should not forget what makes the British isles so fantastically rich in wildlife in our rush for wealth and materialistic ephemera.

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Stunning Satellite Images of Earth

Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
Exclusive timelapse: See climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfold as Earth evolves over 30 years.
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Landscape scale ecological restoration has come of age with schemes blossoming across Britain and Europe.  The work of The Wildlife Trusts has been celebrated recently by Mike McFarlane.


However, Google and Time magazine have just published a seminal study of the unmaking of healthy ecological networks at the global level.  


The Time and Space iniitiative has used cutting-edge IT to build time-lapse images showing the fragmentation and degradation of ecosystems at the global level.


|| These Timelapse pictures tell the pretty and not-so-pretty story of a finite planet and how its residents are treating it — razing even as we build, destroying even as we preserve. It takes a certain amount of courage to look at the videos, but once you start, it’s impossible to look away. Jeffrey Kluger ||


It will be many years before sequences showing the reconstrution of connected healthy ecosystems can be assembled - if we have the will to undo the damage that this amazing study has revealed in such a graphic way.

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Nature Conservancy gets $1M grant for purchase of St. Martin Island, improving wetlands

Nature Conservancy gets $1M grant for purchase of St. Martin Island, improving wetlands | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
The conservancy received a $1 million grant to go toward its 2013 purchase of the Upper Peninsula island and acquiring additional wetland habitat.
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Strategic land purchases such as Upper Peninsula island that protect and conserve key migration stopovers offer the best value for money.

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The conservancy plans to protect the habitat of St. Martin Island, which is a stopover spot for birds that migrate through the Great Lakes during the spring and fall. The island is currently uninhabited and will remain closed to the public as the conservancy works to reduce the deer population and assess the extent of its invasive species problem, the conservancy said last fall.

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Fears raised for barn owls of Yorkshire

Fears raised for barn owls of Yorkshire | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
THEY are one of our most beautiful and best-loved birds. The sight of a barn owl ghosting silently out of woodland as twilight gathers can make a good day perfect.
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The Wildlife Trusts have reported this week on the alarming loss of British grasslands and the urgent need for action if this key habitat is not to dwindle away.


The Barn Owl in Yorkshire is also in trouble and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust clearly flag up the links.


“Since the end of the Second World War, 97 per cent of the UK’s natural lowland grasslands have either been ploughed up or built upon,” says the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Rob Stoneman. “Barn owls also have far fewer nesting sites due to tree loss and barn restoration.”


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Save our vanishing grasslands | The Wildlife Trusts

Save our vanishing grasslands | The Wildlife Trusts | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
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Its time to act - wildlife rich grasslands are vanishing fast.  Fill in the e-action and make it known that you believe our grasslands deserve more protection.

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Spurn National Nature Reserve clean up weekends | Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Spurn National Nature Reserve clean up weekends | Yorkshire Wildlife Trust | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it

Help Yorkshire Wildlife Trust clean up Spurn National Nature Reserve following the tidal surges on the 5th and 6th December 2013.

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||Trust officers have faced a difficult few weeks dealing with the aftermath of the devastating storm which hit Yorkshire’s east coast earlier in the month. Whilst the nature reserve remains closed to the public the Trust is holding six clean up events throughout January on the 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th from 10am until 3pm and is inviting everyone to get involved.||

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Farmers Help To Improve Dales Uplands

Farmers Help To Improve Dales Uplands | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
A group of local farmers is leading the way in trying to develop innovative approaches to farming the land in ways that bring both environmental and economic benefits.
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Going, going, gone? England's disappearing landscapes - Campaign to Protect Rural England

Going, going, gone? England's disappearing landscapes - Campaign to Protect Rural England | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
Evidence from CPRE branches across England demonstrates that there is a growing threat to our most important landscapes from inappropriate development...
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CPRE call to arms:-


We are calling on the Government to:

  • strengthen national planning policy by giving greater weight to the protection of nationally designated and locally valued landscapes;
  • recognise the contribution that National Parks and AONBs make to our economy and review cuts to their funding in advance of the imminent Spending Review;
  • produce guidance for the Planning Inspectorate on implementing the major development test in National Parks and AONBs;
  • ensure that requests for applications to be ‘called in’ by the Department for Communities and Local Government are dealt with in line with the major development test in the National Planning Policy Framework;
  • exempt National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the proposed  changes to permitted development rights concerning the conversion of farm buildings; and
  • review the draft planning policy guidance to ensure that best use can be made of the new Local Green Space designation.
  • CPRE is also calling for an urgent Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry to review how major development is dealt with in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in order to protect and enhance their beauty for future generations.
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Helping children connect with nature

Helping children connect with nature | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it

Most children in Wales do not feel connected to nature, according to a study carried out by a wildlife charity.

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I would amend that to most children do not connect with nature.

|The UK-wide report comes as a result of the RSPB's growing concerns that generations of young people have little or no contact with the natural world - something they say is one of the biggest threats to nature in Wales.||

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Changes to farming have hit gamebirds

Changes to farming have hit gamebirds | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
Declines in farmland wildlife can be reversed if people can be convinced to conserve what they have, says Katrina Candy
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Katrina Candy is media and education officer at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust Scotland.:-

"We know that the three ingredients of habitat, predator control and food source makes for the best environment for grey partridges, but how do we fit their needs into an already over-crowded, small island where the countryside is under huge pressure to produce food?

Knitting-together of production and conservation

Nature conservation must adapt and develop just as agriculture has. New ideas must be explored to encompass biodiversity needs while retaining viable rural businesses.

Landscape-scale approaches should be embraced and the bigger picture for Scotland’s wildlife realised before we lament the demise of not just the Scottish greys but a host of other species.

A knitting-together of production and conservation has to occur on a larger scale if we are not to witness the unravelling of our natural heritage.

Our grey partridge demonstration project at Whitburgh Farms in Midlothian is seeking answers to the partridge puzzle"

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The ecological imperative for environmental design and planning

The ecological imperative for environmental design and planning | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
Frederick Steiner, Mark Simmons, Mark Gallagher, Janet Ranganathan, and Colin Robertson 2013. The ecological imperative for environmental design and planning. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 355–361.
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Ecological common sense for designers and planners

Abstract of abstract:-

In a nutshell:
  • As form follows function in nature, so should environmental design and planning follow nature to create buildings, infrastructure, landscapes, cities, and regions that function more sustainably

  • Currently, environmental design and planning professionals have limited capacity to apply ecological principles to their work

  • Ecologically inspired design can be justified in terms of improved function, economic gain, and marketability

  • Resilience offers a unifying framework for teaching environmental design and planning as well as ecology

  • Real-world strategies, such as improving urban resilience to the impacts of natural disasters, provide opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation




Read More: http://www.esajournals.org/doi/full/10.1890/130052

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Linnets for Lancasters - bid to turn Dambusters airfield into wildlife reserve

Linnets for Lancasters - bid to turn Dambusters airfield into wildlife reserve | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
Historic Woodhall Spa base in Lincolnshire, home to 617 Squadron after the Ruhr raids, currently a derelict sand and gravel quarry
Gordon McGlone's insight:

Great imagination from Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust who seek to recreate the kind of rural heritage that motivated so many folk during the bitter period of the Second World War.  It is worth remembering that the most fundamental changes to legislation affecting planning, land management and built heritage conservation came in the late 1940s at a time when the true value of the British life was brought into sharp focus by war time deprivations.  We should not forget what makes the British isles so fantastically rich in wildlife in our rush for wealth and materialistic ephemera.

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Iowa View: Erratic weather underscores need for sustainability

Iowa View: Erratic weather underscores need for sustainability | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
Corn Belt agriculture should not be putting all its eggs in one basket. That may be an important message from last year's drought and the wet-dry extremes of the current growing season.
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It makes common sense but will farmers respond to the climate signals?Greater diversification can reduce erosion and improve water quality while creating jobs and protecting farm income from the boom-bust cycle. Increased diversification can result in a better, more sustainable system.


Climate change is now making news in the DesMoinesRegister:-

Corn Belt agriculture should not be putting all its eggs in one basket. That may be an important message from last year’s drought and the wet-dry extremes of the current growing season.

Steps toward a more diversified agriculture are likely to become more urgent as weather patterns become more erratic and volatile. Diversification is going to become more necessary as weather and climate change affects traditional corn-soybean rotations.

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The call of the Re-wild - Gordon McGlone

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Doesn’t sound quite right does is it – the call of the re-wild?  It does to George Monbiot whose new book Feral  is making waves with wildlife conservation thinkers and farmers alike.

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George Monbiot is right to challenge conventions in land managment; be they nature conservation or farming.

His Newsnight piece makes great viewing.


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Reconnecting landscape: it’s not just about planting trees

Reconnecting landscape: it’s not just about planting trees | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it

How do we know when revegetation programs are successful? More specifically, when the aim is not just to regenerate tree species but to reconnect fragmented landscapes and bring back wildlife, how do we know what success looks like?

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An exciting programme of joining up the biodiversity hotspots; more esoterically called 'connectivity' by ecologists seeking to surround their work by unfathomable jargon.

"The goal of Gondwana Link is to restore farmland between two national parks: Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River. The area, a globally recognised biodiversity hotspot, has seen almost 90 per cent of its eucalyptus woodlands and 50 per cent of its eucalyptus-dominated mallee cleared for farming."

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Fresh looks at 'creeping ecological disaster' of US grassland conversions

Fresh looks at 'creeping ecological disaster' of US grassland conversions | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
MinnPost.com Fresh looks at 'creeping ecological disaster' of US grassland conversions MinnPost.com They also provide a range of critical “ecosystems services,” soaking up rain and snowmelt and slowly releasing water in drier seasons, thereby...
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All is not well on the American praries.

"At the statistical center of the story is a 2013 study by Chris Wright, a landscape ecologist at South Dakota State, who analyzed land-use data gathered by satellite at National Agricultural Statistics Service to measure grassland-to-cropland conversion in the Western Corn Belt states of Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and the Dakotas.  (His work was discussed by the AP as well.)

Wright found that those losses totaled more than 1.3 million acres from 2006 to 2011 as grassland was converted to corn and soybean cropping — in some areas, at a pace exceeding 5 percent per year of the grassland remaining. Those rates, Zuckerman said, "parallel the deforestations taking place in Brazil, Malaysia, and Indonesia.""

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Paterson's plans for a national badger cull bite the dust

Paterson's plans for a national badger cull bite the dust | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
Owen Paterson's bold plans for a national badger cull rollout are now in tatters, writes Dominic Dyer, as he stands condemned by both sides in the debate. Wales shows the real way forward, with biosecurity, cattle movement control, TB testing and vaccination.
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Down but not quite out; the badger cull roll out will not happen in spring 2014 as originally planned.

But a careful reading of the TB Free strategy and supporting statement makes it clear that culling badgers remains part of the mythical tool kit.  Most MPs now realise that culling the most iconic of our mammals in a scientifically flawed badger cull makes no sense other than being a 5* way of losing votes and popular credibility.  

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Deaths of bighorn sheep in Arizona spark controversy over conservation effort

Deaths of bighorn sheep in Arizona spark controversy over conservation effort | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
A plan by Arizona wildlife conservationists to bolster herds of bighorn sheep went awry when the animals were airdropped at a cost of $5,000 apiece into mountain lion territory, where half were killed within a few months.
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The  translocation programme resulted in 15 Bighorn killed by Mountain Lions, followed by two of the big cats being put down by the conservation programme staff.  Before a predator/prey dynamic equilibrium becomes re-established it is likely that there will be significant swings in both populations:-

"Conservation of wildlife is never easy, never quick and is often what biology professors call messy," Paxon told FoxNews.com. He said the plan moving forward is toassess areas in the Catalinas where the bighorns have the greatest chance of survival and place additional sheep there in the fall. He said the hope is that the remaining bighorn transplants and their lambs will move toward the new herd. Paxon also said some mountain lions near the determined location will be killed, but stressed that officials are not planning a "wholesale removal of mountain lions across the Catalinas."

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'Innovative' bird hide to boost bats

'Innovative' bird hide to boost bats | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it

A specially adapted bird hide designed to help bats has been opened at a Nottinghamshire wildlife park.

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I will be visiting the Attenborough Centre later this week and I am very much looking forward to seeing how Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has integrated bat conservation with a visitor-friendly bird observation hide.

This sounds like a very clever project where people and wildlife benefit from the same investment of imagination, time and money; a sign of things to come.

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'We must act NOW to stop elephant slaughter,' warns boss of William's favourite charity

'We must act NOW to stop elephant slaughter,' warns boss of William's favourite charity | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
THE boss of Prince William’s favourite conservation charity tonight urged world leaders to back an $80million initiative by Hilary Clinton to stop the slaughter of African elephants for their ivory tusks.
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Why are Britain's conservation groups so lacking in ambition?

Why are Britain's conservation groups so lacking in ambition? | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: While other European countries rewild to great success, the UK is shamefully disconnected from its wild past of wolves and bisons.
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Landscapism: The New English Landscape - forthcoming

Landscapism: The New English Landscape - forthcoming | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
The New English Landscape, psychogeography
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Refresh your spirit:-

||This blog is a forum to bring together, promote and discuss themes, subject matter and marginalia of all kinds relating to landscape, topography and sense of place.||

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WAF’13 Landscape Award Winner – Australian Garden

WAF’13 Landscape Award Winner – Australian Garden | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
17 years into the making, the Australian garden, winner of the ‘Landscape of the Year Award’ at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2013, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) with Paul Thompson is a garden of...
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Thinking about living landscapes and people realised on a monumental scale in Melbourne with a stunning horticultural interpretation of Australia:-

||The completion of the Australian garden situated within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne on the south-eastern outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, comes at a time when botanic gardens world-wide are questioning existing research and recreational paradigms and re-focussing on new messages of landscape conservation and a renewed interest in meaningful visitor engagement.||


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'Ambitious' plan for High Peak Moors

'Ambitious' plan for High Peak Moors | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
The National Trust launches its "most ambitious" Peak District conservation project, in an attempt to repair decades of damage to High Peak Moors.
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Open moorland does not work for George Monbiot (I am currently reading his lyrical and challenging book Feral on my tablet) but it does characterise large areas of upland Britain and drive conservation effort across many parts of the UK. 

The National Trust has a huge challenge ahead in delivering its 50 year plan.  Will it engage Monbiot and seek his views how to rewild the Peak District and let nature find its own way?

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UK's rarest lizards return to dunes

UK's rarest lizards return to dunes | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
Rare sand lizards have been released on sand dunes in North Wales in a bid to revive ailing populations.
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Will the sand lizard population survive and thrive in the sand dunes of Flintshire.

||Seventy Sand Lizard juveniles have been released on the Flintshire coast and a total of 400 will be reintroduced through the week to sites in Merseyside, Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset.

The sand lizards were bred at 10 specialist breeding centres, including Chester Zoo, over the summer.

The animals have suffered dramatic declines due to habitat loss.

Native populations now only remain in Merseyside, Surrey, and Dorset but even in these areas populations have dropped by 90% or more.||

The reintroductions are co-ordinated by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC Trust) as part of a recovery programme that has been running since 1994.

Sand lizards only live on coastal dunes and heathland habitats, both of which have become increasingly fragmented through agriculture, housing and leisure developments.


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Wildlife fears over race track plan

Wildlife fears over race track plan | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it
A leading wildlife group says it is disappointed as plans to build a £280m race track in Blaenau Gwent are approved by local councillors.
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It is a grim irony that on the day that Managing the land in a changing climate makes the recommendation that "There are low-regret opportunities to make the natural capital of this country more resilient to climate change" including peat based carbon storage and more sensitive management of water resources, Gwent Wildlife Trust is confronted with a planning proposal that would do the opposite..

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Cjhief Executive Tom Clarke:-

"Our main concern is the loss of habitat, and the impact that will have.

"There will be the loss of enormous peat reserves, and that has an important role to play in carbon storage.

"It is disappointing, particularly when you realise the great tragedy is you are taking an area that is offsetting carbon emissions, and turning it into an area that will generate carbon emissions."


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Nature Park at Restored Essex Landfill Opened by Sir David Attenborough

Nature Park at Restored Essex Landfill Opened by Sir David Attenborough | Living Landscapes | Scoop.it

Sir David Attenborough, an iconic figure of British wildlife documentary films, has opened the Thurrock Thameside Nature Park on the site of waste infrastructure company, Cory Environmental’s restored landfill site at Mucking, Essex

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Whilst we still 'throw things away' landfill sites will remain part of our wasteful cultural landscape.  Restoring these sites to nature is a challenge that the waste management industry has risen to.  Cory are to be congratulated on their vision.  

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It is heartening to see vision and imagination turning industrial land into a nature rich site that will develop long term environmental value.