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    Could you help save ancient woodlands as a “threat detector” with the Woodland Trust?

    As the number of UK ancient woodlands threatened by built development tops the 1000 mark, we hear from Ruby Harrison at the Woodland Trust about their volunteer “threat detectors” and how you can join them. Read more

    Hedgelaying for wildlife: it’s worth the effort

    Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 22-Jan-2020 | 0

    We hear from Nick Mann of Habitat Aid about why hedgelaying for wildlife is well worth the effort – and the workout – it entails. Read more

    How invasive non-native species threaten our woods and what we can do to help

    Approximately 2000 non-native plant and animal species have been introduced into the UK, causing irreparable damage and changing landscapes forever. The Woodland Trust looks at how non-native species are invading UK woodlands and what can be done to stop the spread. Read more

    Wildflower meadows in spring: what to look forward to

    Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 18-Dec-2019 | 1

    As the winter solstice approaches, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid takes a welcome look forward to the delights of his wildflower meadows in spring. Read more

    “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room”

    Eloise Sentito of These Isles | 04-Dec-2019 | 2

    With the end of 2019 drawing near, nomadic handweaver Eloïse Sentito reflects on a year of significant change, living on the edge while spinning, dyeing and weaving her way from Brittany to Devon. Read more

    In the meadow: rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary

    Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 11-Jun-2019 | 0

    As summertime nears, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares a snapshot of a Somerset meadow, rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary of the nature found within. Read more

    Fancy joining the Pentiddy Woods family on an immersive 9 month internship?

    Ele Waters of Pentiddy | 09-May-2019 | 0

    Here’s your chance! We hear from Ele and Anthony at Pentiddy Woods about a unique learning opportunity on offer from October 2019. Read more

    From folk music to pheasants with Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK

    Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK | 07-Mar-2019 | 16

    Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK recounts an illuminating evening of music and debate, after encountering a pheasant-shooting party in a Shropshire pub. Read more

    Plants for bees in late winter: how your garden can help them through

    Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 26-Feb-2019 | 5

    If it’s warm in February the bees will be in trouble. Nick Mann of Habitat Aid explains how you can help with plants for bees in your garden. Read more

    The surprising benefits of harvesting wild foods – more than you’d expect!

    Emily Fawcett of the Old Way | 14-Feb-2019 | 3

    Emily Fawcett and Charlie Loram of the Old Way look at some of the less obvious benefits of harvesting wild foods as our ancestors did. Read more

    How to start a native wildflower meadow in 6 easy steps

    Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 05-Feb-2019 | 0

    Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares her six easy steps to welcome in the wildlife by turning a garden lawn into a native wildflower meadow. Read more

    7 great reasons to try bushcraft and camping in winter

    Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft explores 7 great reasons why being outdoors and camping in winter can be fun, challenging and ultimately educational – and will greatly improve your overall bushcraft and camping skills. Read more

    Record numbers clean up in the Marine Conservation Society’s 25th Great British Beach Clean

    Results show community clean-ups have made a dent in beach litter figures this year but this masks a growing plastic litter trend, according to organisers of the Great British Beach Clean, the Marine Conservation Society. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 6: magic of the wool carder bee and leafcutter bee

    Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 18-Oct-2018 | 0

    Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares Part 6 of her mini meadow series. This time, she has a close encounter with two very special guests to her garden: a wool carder bee and leafcutter bee. Read more

    Gross Domestic Problem on World Animal Day with Brian Czech

    Brian Czech of CASSE | 07-Oct-2018 | 1

    Thursday 4th October marked World Animal Day 2018. Here, Brian Czech challenges us to face up to the big-picture, systematic erosion of wild animal welfare in the face of a seemingly continual quest for economic growth. Read more

    Pottery on the wild side: digging your own clay

    Ruby Taylor of Native Hands | 20-Sep-2018 | 0

    Digging your own clay – too much hassle or a whole lot of fun? We hear from Ruby Taylor of Native Hands about how to source your own clay, as she does for her wild pottery courses in Sussex. Over to her from here…  Read more

    A woodland classroom for north London – help OrganicLea make it happen!

    Craig Bayne of Organic Lea | 13-Sep-2018 | 0

    OrganicLea are planning a woodland classroom but need your help to make it happen. Craig Bayne tells us more about how you can get involved with this fantastic opportunity to create more space for nature-based learning and food growing skills in north east London. Read more

    Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 5: new arrivals in the orchard meadow

    Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 21-Aug-2018 | 1

    In Part 5 of Jo Cartmell’s mini meadow series, she shares news of a surprise in the mini meadow and new arrivals in the orchard meadow. Read more

    What the fuss is all about: wild swimming in France

    On a low-impact holiday this summer, Kate Williams takes the plunge wild swimming in France to discover why so many prefer it to an indoor swimming pool. Read more

    ‘Homegrown well-being’ and alternatives to corporate drug companies: interview with GP Simon Lennane

    Another of our interviews, first posted on NonCorporate.org, with people working on providing alternatives to multinational corporations – this time in the health sector. Read more

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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