We might have hoped environmental issues would be to the fore during the next general election instead we got the Prime Minister saying she favours fox hunting and will re-open the debate.
Roy Harrison has been an environmental health lecturer at University of Birmingham since 1991
Although nature is resilient, and will naturally adapt to changing conditions, the bits of nature we enjoy may radically change.
Is there any political commitment to environmental protection and improvement, or is everything being done at grass roots level?
Many of our most valuable wildlife sites are only protected in a European context which will no longer apply after Brexit
Patented process is aiming to prevent millions of hygiene products such as tampons and nappies ending up in landfill where they take up to 500 years to decompose
Waxwings are unmistakable, being short-legged, plump birds about the size of a starling.
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.
The natural world, including local wildlife, does its best to cheer us up in what has been a very gloomy January.
Local conservationists are calling on everyone in the region to pledge to protect and improve Birmingham's natural environment.
Peter Shirley assesses the potential fallout from council budgets cuts and their possible impact on Birmingham's green and open spaces
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.
When will we see the Minister for the Environment reviewing the state of the natural world and bringing forward ambitious plans for its improvement.
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.
Wild About Gardens Week, jointly organised by the Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society, focused its attention onto bats.
Rural Hedgehog populations are down by a half, and urban populations are down by a third.
The nation's nature conservation organisations have published a worrying report on the overall health of our wildlife.
Local government correspondent Neil Elkes spent some time with Birmingham's waste collection teams and found it an eye-opening experience
Painted lady butterflies migrate every summer from Africa and southern Europe to the British Isles and beyond, sometimes reaching Iceland.
As Andrea Leadsom's new brief includes support to farmers, currently delivered through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), wildlife should perhaps be worried.