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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.

Cannock Chase

Could the West Midlands Combined Authority prioritise caring for the natural world?

When will we see the Minister for the Environment reviewing the state of the natural world and bringing forward ambitious plans for its improvement.

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.

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.

A Hedgehog

The worrying decline in Hedgehog numbers

Rural Hedgehog populations are down by a half, and urban populations are down by a third.

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