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A housing shortage could see homes built on the green belt

Can we provide places for both people and wildlife to live in the next few years?

Space needs to be found in and around Birmingham and the Black Country for tens of thousands of new houses over the next few years.

National Express reduces bus fares in Black Country but not Birmingham

Operator says bus travel patterns are different in different parts of the West Midlands

Black Country jobs saved with £100m rescue deal

Tata Steel sells speciality steels division after launching hunt to find a buyer almost a year ago

Lord Swraj Paul of Marylebone

Rich List 2017: No.8 - Lord Paul of Marylebone and family

Caparo Group founder Lord Paul remains in the Rich List top 10, despite the family's fortunes dropping from £1.2 billion to £800 million

Arcadian, in China Town, Birmingham

Rich List 2017: No.=11 - Caspar MacDonald-Hall

Property developer Caspar MacDonald Hall, chair of London & Cambridge which owns The Arcadian, has jumped up two places in the Rich List from 2016

Roy Richardson

Rich List 2017: No.14 - Roy Richardson and family

Owners of Merry Hill Shopping Centre have seen their fortune remain constant at £480 million despite dropping three places in the Rich List

Constantine Folkes

Rich List 2017: No.=37 - Constantine Folkes and family

Ower of Folkes Holdings has seen his fortune remain constant at £125 million while dropping five places on the Rich List

Robert Plant on stage at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Rich List 2017: No.=41 - Robert Plant

Led Zeppelin star has seen his wealth increase by £5 million while his Rich List ranking has gone up by three places

Tony Deep Wouhra MBE

Rich List 2017: No.49 - Tony Deep Wouhra and family

East End Foods bosses' fortune has increased by £4 million while their Rich List ranking has dropped two places

Sunshine in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston

Natural environment essential to achieving 2020 Vision for Birmingham

Local conservationists are calling on everyone in the region to pledge to protect and improve Birmingham's natural environment.

The blackbird should challenge the robins' Christmas monopoly.

There are about 5 million breeding pairs of blackbirds in this country, and by Christmas they will have been joined by up to five million individuals from Scandinavia and northern Europe.

Brownfield sites are the perfect pop-up for nature

The best of our brownfield sites have been described as 'Britain's rainforests' because of the variety of wildlife, rare and common, that colonises them.

Nick Morris, Dudley Canal Trust; Gavin Williamson CBE MP, South Staffordshire; Dan Lewis, IoD Senior Advisor, Infrastructure Policy; Calum Nisbet, IoD West Midlands.

IoD treats dinner guests to a canal boat trip

Guests at the IoD Black Country Dinner gained a fascinating insight into the region’s industrial heritage from a pre-dinner canal boat trip

Bats are the other stars of the night sky

Wild About Gardens Week, jointly organised by the Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society, focused its attention onto bats.

CGI of the new Travelodge in West Bromwich

100 new jobs at Travelodge development

Work starts on hotel project in West Bromwich which will bring vacant brownfield land back into use

House sparrow.

Worrying report is a stark warning to the state of our wildlife

The nation's nature conservation organisations have published a worrying report on the overall health of our wildlife.

Malcolm Davidson, WSP; Krystal Knights, Stace; Tim Pugh, Laing ORourke; Jonathan Lipscombe, Stace.

Summer drinks celebration at Hotel Du Vin

WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff hosted their annual summer drinks party at Hotel Du Vin

The British Union Flag and the European Flag

Dog Days could be near for British wildlife

There is an opportunity now to reform and improve the ways we reward those who manage land for helping wildlife; equally there is a huge risk that the imperfections of the present system will be used as an excuse to dismantle the whole process.

Hagley Golf & Country Club is now on the market

Black Country golf course on market following owner's death

Garratt family launched Hagley Golf & Country Club in 1980 and are now seeking offers in the region of £2m

Corin Crane will join Black Country Chamber later this year

Black Country Chamber appoints new chief executive

Corin Crane will join business body later this from an enterprise partnership in the East Midlands


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