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Two English wines perfect for this patriotic time of year

Richard Saxton recommends two noteworthy English wines that would be perfect for celebrating the Queen's birthday and St George's Day

A bird looks out of a nest box

How we can all chip in to help with nature conservation

Everyone as individuals can do much to help nature conservation, especially in respect of our local wildlife.

Blackbird

RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch records change

This year nearly 520,000 people have recorded over eight and a quarter million birds in their gardens.

Water vole

The EU: How Would Wildlife Vote?

The EU has developed policies and action for the environment and wildlife based on sound science, strategic thinking, and stability free of the short-term election cycles of member countries.

Cannock Chase

Where will the West Midlands Combined Authority stand on nature?

Looking at WMCA’s early public statements it is difficult to see where nature fits in with its plans.

Blooming dandelion meadows

The humble colt's-foot is a significant early flowerer

Colt's-foot brightens our neighbourhoods when little else is in flower, it feeds insects and was once a freely available medicine. Nothing in nature is insignificant.

The coast near Swansea

Government announces 23 new Marine Conservation Zones

The Government has recently announced the designation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones meaning that 20% of England's seas, about 8,000 square miles is theoretically protected.

A road near the River Loddon in Charvil, Berkshire is closed due to flood water.

The continued problem of flooding in the UK

There has been no respite and flooding continues in many places, neither the water, the Government nor the weather seems to be moving on.

A beaver

2015 was a bad year for nature

Looking back over 2015 it is easy to find the bad news for nature, finding the good news not so.

Bolney Bubbly NV

The Bolney Bubbly NV will make the perfect aperitif

Richard Saxton samples a Bolney Bubbly NV, a tremendously fun wine where the elderflower notes leap out of the glass.

A rescue team helps to evacuate people from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding.

More needs to be spent on engineered flood defences

The floods are no surprise, scientists have been predicting such events for a generation because of global warming.

A bee

Catch the Birmingham Buzz

Birmingham is one of eight cities where landscapes will be improved by planting wildflowers to attract and support bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other important insects.

A long-tailed blue butterfly, as after six consecutive poor summers, a hot July and August helped to turn around the fortunes for much of our wildlife.

Insect world embraces climate change

New species of bees, dragonflies, butterflies and many other insects are now breeding in Britain for the first time.

Hedgehog

See your garden as a potential nature reserve

There was a time when wildlife and nature reserves were thought of as being somewhere else, anywhere else in fact, than in towns and cities.

A green veined white butterfly near Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

We cannot go on reaping from the natural world without sowing

The Government begins the challenge to frame a 25 year plan for better looking after nature, both for its own sake and for the benefits it brings to us.

Eastside City Park, Birmingham.

Birmingham's missing park

Although Birmingham is famous for its parks and open spaces it has never had an attraction in its own right, a magnet for those visitors from home and abroad craved by the city’s hoteliers and restauranteurs.

The River Rea after heavy rain.

Why the quality of water is vital for our wildlife

In Britain a quarter of our original wetland species have become extinct, and the populations of those remaining are much reduced.

A mandarin duck, taken by Clare Rees of Pant, Merthyr Tydfil

Marvellous Mandarins brightening up West Midland lakes

The mandarin duck, a native of China and other far eastern countries, was brought here in the eighteenth century to brighten up waterfowl collections.

A colourful parakeet

Are the ring-necked parakeets in West Bromwich to stay?

In deepest West Bromwich our gardens are now visited by ring-necked parakeets. With their noisy squawks, bright green plumage and parrot plumpness they bring a tropical touch to our northern climes.

Speckled wood butterfly

Help The Royal Society of Biology record the insect population

The Royal Society of Biology are asking people to be on the look out for insects and to vote for their favourite species.

Videos & Photos

Easton House is a well-presented detached home in Aston Flamville, Leicestershire.

This equestrian idyll is worth the ride to Leicestershire to see

The second class pool reopening at Moseley Road Baths in 2012

World Monuments Fund boost to Moseley Road Baths campaign

Birmingham's first 'dry bar' part of £1m push to combat drug and alcohol abuse

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