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Fox hunting while the Earth burns

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.

Changes in the UK climate could mean an end to

The impact of climate change on our gardens

Although nature is resilient, and will naturally adapt to changing conditions, the bits of nature we enjoy may radically change.

Cannock Chase

Political support towards the environment is essential

Is there any political commitment to environmental protection and improvement, or is everything being done at grass roots level?

The British Union Flag and the European Flag

Brexit is a time for change

Many of our most valuable wildlife sites are only protected in a European context which will no longer apply after Brexit

Waxwings at Nether Whitacre

Sightings of waxwings appearing around the West Midlands

Waxwings are unmistakable, being short-legged, plump birds about the size of a starling.

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.

Snowdrops in bloom

Glimmers of Spring are starting to show

The natural world, including local wildlife, does its best to cheer us up in what has been a very gloomy January.

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.

Cannon Hill Park

The lungs of the city

Peter Shirley assesses the potential fallout from council budgets cuts and their possible impact on Birmingham's green and open spaces

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.

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