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Green land off St Francis Avenue off Monastery Road and St Bernard's Road, close to Olton Friary RC Church in Solihull.

Artificial grass is flawless, flowerless and soulless

Garden lawns, which can be turned into mini-meadows, are now under threat from artificial grass.

Muntjac deer

The Case of The Deer in The Night

Suburbia, with its large gardens and quiet corners, seems to be good habitat for the Muntjac deer.

Buttercups

How can the flowers of our open spaces be increased?

The Birmingham and Black Country's Nature Improvement Area Partnership, led by the Wildlife Trust, has created 40 meadows in the conurbation.

A bird feeder being used

Random acts of wildness with the 30 Days Wild campaign

The Wildlife Trusts are repeating last year's successful 30 Days Wild campaign in which thousands of people took part.

A Small Copper butterfly, which has joined the list of UK butterflies suffering significant declines

All is not well with Butterfly conservation

More than half of the species monitored in the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme in 2015 declined, partly as a result of the very dry spring and cold and wet summer.

Turtle Dove

Malta presents a great danger to the migrating bird population

Migratory species generally move south in the autumn and north in the spring. Their journeys take them across many countries, one of the smallest of which presents a great danger.

Chapel Down English Pinot Blanc

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.

Videos & Photos

England's Jodie Stimpson crosses the line to win the Womens Triathlon, at Strathclyde Country Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games near Glasgow.

Watch: How Birmingham could host the 2026 Commonwealth Games

Packwood Grange in Lapworth.

Lapworth Barn imaginatively mixes old and new

Whately House, located in the prestigious Four Oaks Park, Sutton.

Woodland setting offers peace and tranquility in Sutton Coldfield

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