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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

Tata Steel starts JV talks with German group Thyssenkrupp

Continuing saga over sale of beleaguered UK arm goes on as Tata Steel contemplates possible tie up to boost European business

Managing partner David Evans and intellectual property specialist Amy Hylton, Enoch Evans

Enoch Evans boosts IP team

  • Law

Amy Hylton joins Black Country law firm to advise clients on trademark law and protection of assets

Team at Talbots (from left): Louise Jones, James Wright, Mary Mocklow, Lisa Burton and Donna Croot

Law firm Talbots commits £1m to expansion

  • Law

Practice has also moved to a new office as it plans to hit the £01m turnover mark in 2016

Black Country road improvement work to start

Troublesome junction on busy road to undergo work to improve lot for cyclists and also unlock six housing development sites

Sajid Javid meets Tata Steel chiefs as sale process put on hold

Business Secretary in Mumbai as long-running process to offload Tata Steel UK appears to have been halted

Muntjac deer

The Case of The Deer in The Night

Suburbia, with its large gardens and quiet corners, seems to be good habitat for the Muntjac deer.

Daniel Lee, founder and superintendent pharmacist of Pharmacy2U (left), and Mark Livingstone, chief executive of Chemist Direct

Online pharmacy Chemist Direct in merger deal

Oldbury business ties up with Pharmacy2U to create £43m venture aimed at dominating online pharmacy market

London & Cambridge Properties acquires retail portfolio for £23m

Black Country property group continues to expand its footprint with buyout of 'Blossom Portfolio' covering 100 units across England

Lee Cole, managing director of Paint 360, with Sir Richard Branson and his daughter Holly atfer winning the 2016 VOOM Impact Award run by Virgin Unite

Necker Island awaits Black Country competition winner

Engineering group Paint 360 wins nationwide pitch event run by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin group


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