Entry #31 - Simeon Day: Hedgerows and Orchards – a truly natural partnership

The blossom season is in full swing! The landscape is bursting with beautiful flowers and the air is heady with their scent. The region’s fields, hedgerows, verges and orchards are humming with busy pollinators getting to work and it is looking like it might be a vintage year. Read the full article from Simeon by clicking here... Read more

Entry #30 - Rosie Bowers: Student Sustainability

In September 2019, when I started my first year at university, I liked to think I lived sustainably. I shopped at H&M, ate tesco meat, and my flat was full of single use bottles and packages. But it wasn’t until I started talking to the new people I was meeting, and educating myself, that I realized how much negative impact I was having. Read the full article from Rosie by clicking here... Read more

Entry #29 - Charlie Steele: Runner by Nature

May is an excellent time of year to be spent enjoying the outdoors, as there are so many changes taking place in our surroundings. Wildflowers and blossoms are in full swing, with hedgerows, grass margins, and verges exhibiting a wide range of colours and scents. Click here to read more... Read more

Entry #28 - Luke Dale-Harris: Veganuary - is it an environmental win?

In well under a decade, veganism has gone from being a widely ignored lifestyle choice of a handful of students to a fully funded, supermarket endorsed way to “Save The Planet”. Read the full article from Luke by clicking here... Read more

Entry #27 - Neve Bray: Hedgerows and their secrets of soil carbon sequestration

Quantifying the amount of CO2 emissions hedgerows could potentially sequester is crucial in the fight against climate change. Read the full article from Neve by clicking here... Read more

Entry #26 - Alison Mitchell: Winter Bird Watching

Winter is a brilliant time to enjoy watching flocks of birds and you can find examples of these in most habitats from arable fields to woodland. Resident species flock together in winter to increase chances of survival, and may form mixed species flocks, but the UK also draws some attractive winter migrants. Read the full article from Alison by clicking here... Read more

Entry #25 - Maisie Jepson: The value of volunteering

I moved to Marlborough, Wiltshire about 3 years ago and love that the Kennet, a beautiful chalk stream, runs through it. Growing up in Worcestershire on the floodplain of the Severn I had a very different experience of rivers; I certainly wouldn’t have waded in that, and now, most years my parents’ house will be cut off for a couple of weeks at peak flow. Read the full article from Maisie by clicking here... Read more

Entry #24 - Rebecca Mills: A one acre plot of over-winter stubble

As a FWAG adviser I am lucky to work with many enthusiastic and knowledgeable farmers keen to take forward a wide variety of environmental projects. Wherever possible I encourage farmers to go a bit further, try something new and make a small change for the environment. Read the full article from Rebecca by clicking here... Read more

Entry #23 - Adam Lockyear: A few hours left to save the planet!

With the world watching the final few hours of the COP26 climate conference and the final conference communication, the hope of future generations appears to rest on the commitments made over these last two weeks. The reality is that although governments have a major role in enabling business and citizens to make a difference, we all have a responsibility to do our bit. Read the full article from Adam by clicking here... Read more

Entry #22 - Billy Watson: A numpty’s perspective

Wildflower scrapbooks… school nature walks under a canopy of elms… family Sunday walks out on the Levels hijacked by dad’s need for willing volunteers to collect whatever plant he needs for his latest homemade wine experiment… fingers stained for days if it was dandelion or elderberry, and mouths too if it was blackberry… a field full of sunny cowslips… tree climbing anywhere & everywhere… newt spotting at Shervage Woods pond… Read the full article from Billy by clicking here... Read more

Entry #21 - Alex Butler: Farming vs wildlife

Whilst I went to agricultural college, have farming friends and am fortunate to have lived most of my life in our farmed countryside, if I had to choose between farming and wildlife conservation, I would choose wildlife conservation. I realise, of course, that this is a stupid statement, for lots of reasons. What I mean is that the conservation of our wildlife is something I feel very strongly about. Read the full article from Alex by clicking here... Read more

Entry #20 - Simeon Day: What can orchards do for us?

Since the summer day, in the 1970s, when my mum bought me half a pint of Woodpecker cider to keep her noisy child quiet in a pub garden and then hours spent scrumping in the orchards of Kent as a teenager, I have loved apples and the orchards where they grow. Read the full article from Simeon by clicking here... Read more