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A jumping male spider

The 40,000 different insects in Britain help support all other life on earth

The 40,000 different insects and their close relatives in Britain play a crucial role in supporting all other life on earth, including us

Peter Shirley: Politicians obsessed with economy don't think about our wildlife

Newborn goslings enjoy a guided tour of Swan Pool at Sandwell Valley Country Park.
We need healthy ecosystems and thriving populations of animals, insects and birds to provide food, clean air and water and an amenable climate.

Peter Shirley: Britain's butterflies count

The peacock was the most numerous butterfly in this year's survey but its numbers were down a third from last year
Our butterflies seem to be recovering following the very wet summer of 2012, but long-term fortunes are still not good

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A jumping male spider

The 40,000 different insects in Britain help support all other life on earth

The 40,000 different insects and their close relatives in Britain play a crucial role in supporting all other life on earth, including us

Newborn goslings enjoy a guided tour of Swan Pool at Sandwell Valley Country Park.

Peter Shirley: Politicians obsessed with economy don't think about our wildlife

We need healthy ecosystems and thriving populations of animals, insects and birds to provide food, clean air and water and an amenable climate.

The peacock was the most numerous butterfly in this year's survey but its numbers were down a third from last year

Peter Shirley: Britain's butterflies count

Our butterflies seem to be recovering following the very wet summer of 2012, but long-term fortunes are still not good

Cannock Chase

Peter Shirley: Ministers' parks and open spaces tax proposal

Ministers have suggested that people living near parks, and whose houses increase in value because of this, should pay extra tax to contribute to the upkeep of the parks.

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Richard Saxton on Folding Hill's "Orchard Block" Pinot Noir 2010

Richard Saxton sampleds Folding Hill's "Orchard Block" Pinot Noir 2010.

Trees lining Millward Street in Small Heath.

Peter Shirley looks into urban trees in Birmingham and the Black Country

Birmingham and the Black Country are famous for their street trees.

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.

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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!

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