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Can you enjoy local greenspace?

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

Beavers living on a Devon river are allowed to stay

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

A little taste of Libiamo

Libiamo wines
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.

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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

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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.

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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'.

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.

Videos & Photos

Birmingham Cathedral in the morning

Birmingham Cathedral launches 300th anniversary photo competition

130 Colmore Row will open as Nosh and Quaff in May

Lasan to open 'Nosh and Quaff' lobster and beer bar

CGI of shopping area at Resorts World Birmingham

Next and PizzaExpress sign up to Resorts World Birmingham

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