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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.


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.

A gull

Don't be Gullible in Cornwall

If you are about to take a holiday in Cornwall beware - the gulls there are said to be on the warpath.

Haden Hill Park in Rowley Regis

The Black Country is a land of ice and fire

With this nod to the book upon which 'Game of Thrones' is based, happy 40 birthday to the Black Country Geological Society.

A Foxglove

Favourite Wildlife

In addition to the general election there has recently been two more national polls. One to find the nation’s favourite birds, and one to do the same for wild flowers.

Wild flowers

Flowers on the Verge

With the loss of nearly all of our flowery meadows over the last few decades roadside verges have become very important refuges for wildflowers.


Chemicals in pesticides are adversely affecting many species

The current ban on pesticides containing nicotine-like chemicals, or neonicotinoids has now taken on a wider significance.

Wild flowers

Threat to Nature Conservation

Decades of progress in the protection of wildlife may be derailed by a review of the European Union's nature conservation legislation.

Nautilus Pinot Noir

Nautilus Pinot Noir shows Marlborough region can do more than Sauvignon Blanc

Richard Saxton samples a premium New Zealand Pinot Noir which shows the Marlborough region can do more than Sauvignon Blanc!

Birmingham and the West Midlands at night taken from the International Space Station by a NASA astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield.

The effect of artificial light on nature

The world's artificial light has profound, but generally unquantified, effects on wildlife, especially airborne wildlife such as birds, bats and insects.

A male Blackbird

Enjoy a daily free concert with the Dawn Chorus

Nature's bounty takes many forms. In spring one of those is the exuberant and mellifluous outpouring of bird song in the few hours after sunrise.

Jean-Luc Colombo

Time to explore the range of wines made by Jean-Luc Colombo

If you're keen to get more into wines from the Rhone Valley then explore the range of wines made by Jean-Luc Colombo.


West Bromwich neighbourhood nature

Late afternoons have always echoed to the 'chuck, chuck, chuck' calls of the jackdaws as they fly low over the gardens, returning from their days foraging, to their cosy chimneys to roost.

Cannock Chase

Can you enjoy local greenspace?

The natural world is fundamental to our existence, and underpins all economic activity.

Videos & Photos

The Barn House in Beckbury near Shifnal, Shropshire.

The charismatic mix of old and new in this Beckbury home will win hearts

Whiteacres in Moreton Paddox in Moreton Morrell, near Warwick.

Architect creates her dream home in Warwickshire

CGI of plans to redevelop the former Christopher Wray lighting factory

Christopher Wray restoration given the go ahead


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