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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 shows Marlborough region can do more than Sauvignon Blanc

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

The effect of artificial light on nature

Birmingham and the West Midlands at night taken from the International Space Station by a NASA astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield.
The world's artificial light has profound, but generally unquantified, effects on wildlife, especially airborne wildlife such as birds, bats and insects.

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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.

Jackdaw

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.

A beaver

Beavers living on a Devon river are allowed to stay

Natural England has decreed that the beavers living on a Devon river can stay.

Libiamo wines

A little taste of Libiamo

Help in finding authentic Italian wines is now at hand though in the form of Libiamo, a new online wine club which offers the rarest Italian wines sold within a community of experts and wine enthusiasts.

Little duckling following its mother.

Peter Shirley: Nature is nothing if not impatient

This year the very mild weather leading up to New Year meant that many flowers were blooming over Christmas, and there was early bud burst on some shrubs and trees.

Grey squirrel

National plan to reduce the grey squirrel population

Policy and Action the Government is trying once more to reduce the grey squirrel population to protect both trees and red squirrels.

Fir Tree, Holly, Mistletoe and Ivy

Peter Shirley: Evergreen plants for the festive period

Peter Shirley takes us through the evergreen plants that have played a part in winter celebrations for thousands of years.

Richard Saxton - The Graped Crusader

Top wines for Christmas from national retailers

Richard Saxton's selection of the top wines to go for this Christmas from national retailers.

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

Peter Shirley: The funding roundabout in West Midlands parks

When reduced budgets are imposed it is natural for councils to look first at cutting such discretionary activities, in order to protect those they are legally required to do.

A murmuration of starlings

Improvements to the international protection for wildlife

In distant Quito in Ecuador governments, including ours through the EU, have been meeting to improve international protection for wildlife.

A murmuration of starlings

Clipping the RSPB's Wings

The Sawley Hall shoot in Yorkshire claims that the RSPB does not apply enough of its substantial income to owning and managing nature reserves

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.

Videos & Photos

The Bass Wing of Rangemore Hall in Rangemore, Staffordshire.

Brewing family legacy transformed into spectacular homes

The Edward VII Wing of Rangemore Hall in Dunstall Road, Rangemore, Staffordshire.

Rangemore Hall's finest residence was built for a king

The old ABC cinema in New Street and Ethel Street in Birmingham city centre.

Hidden Spaces: The old ABC on New Street and Birmingham's lost traces of cinema heritage

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