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Owen Paterson's view of the environmental movement

Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson described parts of the environmental movement as 'the green blob'.

Mixed progress for Midlands nature

Red Kites
Progress and local successes here and there mask a continuing and worrying decline in the variety and abundance of plants, animals and birds.

Precaution or Profit

bee
For a host of reasons both wild bees and domesticated honey bees continue to decline, both here and in other parts of the world.

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Cannock Chase

Owen Paterson's view of the environmental movement

Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson described parts of the environmental movement as 'the green blob'.

Red Kites

Mixed progress for Midlands nature

Progress and local successes here and there mask a continuing and worrying decline in the variety and abundance of plants, animals and birds.

bee

Precaution or Profit

For a host of reasons both wild bees and domesticated honey bees continue to decline, both here and in other parts of the world.

A male blackbird in a garden

Still much to learn about the common Blackbird

The Blackbird is very much a European species, although there are populations in parts of China and elsewhere in Asia.

A robin.

Natural England are ruffling feathers

Recently it seems that the Government's nature conservation agency, Natural England, are doing the opposite of helping our beleaguered species.

Cannock Chase

How the EU Elections can alter nature conservation

Without European laws and regulations, weak and badly implemented as some of these are, our wildlife would be even worse off than it is.

A bee on a flower

Black Country insect miners remind us of their presence

Mining bees in particular remind us of their presence throughout the spring months.

Much of the artwork at nature areas is excellent, and arises from community involvement

The Nature of Birmingham

There is still an assumption that nature is something found only in the countryside, that it is surprising to find genuine wildlife in a city.

Wild flowers

Where have all the flowers gone?

Although woodland flowers currently dominate the scene later the focus is on grasslands, and there lie many problems.

The country park side of Walsall Arboretum.

Wonderful or whimsical? A Black Country garden city

The Black Country's innovative garden city proposal has been entered for a £250k prize for new garden city designs put up by the Wolfson Foundation.

Isla dogtooth cardigan, £18, Amelia geometric top, £14, skirt, £18, hat, £12, all Boohoo, boohoo.com

GALLERY: Monochrome fashion - it's all there in black and white

Cool, clean and classic, the fashion pack love monochrome. Emma Johnson picks out easy pieces

A Great Tit takes food from a ball of fat hanging at the bird table

Enjoy a free concert with International Dawn Chorus Day

Suddenly blossoms are filling our waysides, parks and gardens instead of incessant rain and floods.

Flooding

Taming the Tame

The much-maligned Environment Agency, local authorities, civil engineers and conservation bodies have had enormous success in alleviating flooding in many parts of the country.

A bench

Ironic approach to managing open spaces

A bench on a stretch of disused canal in the Black Country has been removed, apparently because people have been using it too much!

Woodland

Off with Offsetting

Would you like to drive for up to an hour to enjoy a stroll in your 'local' green space or wildlife site?

Call time on duty

Call Time On Duty!

The amount of tax we pay on our wines and spirits in this country is one of those things that I'm always subconsciously aware of but never really took the time to look into.

Consumer advice: Call to Apple to be fair to UK parents

Inadequate security measures causing children to run up huge bills

Flooding

Wildlife and wild weather

Rain, wind and flooding are part of the natural order and plants and animals have been coping with them for millions of years.

A Great Tit takes food from a ball of fat hanging at the bird table

New Year, old problems for nature

The natural world seems to contain a strange combination of resilience and fragility.

As ever we don’t have to look far to see who is driving this trend. It is of course old Goldenballs himself, David Beckham

Beckham sets the Goldenballs standard in male grooming

The 'metrosexual male' means that that men's grooming market is nearly as lucrative as that of the women's

Videos & Photos

Latimers in Weston-Subedge in Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire.

Home of the week: £2,250,000 Latimers in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

James Norman Lancaster.

Letters home from the 'worst and most deadly' battle zone

Sedgeberrow Mill in Winchcombe Road, Sedgeberrow, Evesham.

Home of the day: £500k Sedgeberrow Mill in Winchcombe Road, Sedgeberrow

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