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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
The world's artificial light has profound, but generally unquantified, effects on wildlife, especially airborne wildlife such as birds, bats and insects.
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.
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.
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
Natural England has decreed that the beavers living on a Devon river can stay.
Chef Richard Turner back in the kitchen at Maribel
Richard Turner is back in the kitchen with the launch of Maribel, the latest addition to Birmingham’s thriving culinary scene
Birmingham Civic Society appoints youngest ever chairman
Amelia Ladbrook will take over the role later this year to champion campaign group's heritage work in the city
Birmingham Town Hall
The Birmingham choir that's not very vocal about its many triumphs!
Founded in the 1880s, Birmingham Choral Union is still going strong. Christopher Morley finds them in fine voices ahead a concert at St Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter
Marks & Spencer
M&S confirms Walsall store closure date
High street retailer says it will shut up shop at The Saddlers Centre in August as part of wider reduction in portfolio of stores
Concert hall's winning friends in high places
As the Opening Festival of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire continues apace, Christopher Morley talks to its principal, Julian Lloyd Webber
This is how many stalls at Birmingham's Christmas markets failed the hygiene tests
Shocking results as 20 stalls are told to improve - and two were shut temporarily
Toxic platform pollution at New Street Station in Birmingham targeted in £1m project
We revealed earlier this year that people were being poisoned on the platforms
Labour suspends its top official in the West Midlands over anti-Semitism allegations
Labour's West Midlands regional organiser is accused of sharing posts blaming Jews for 'all wars'
Birmingham Airport appoints new chief executive
Industry veteran Nick Barton has held senior roles at Luton and Stansted airports
Death of the Steel Queen
One of the region's richest and most controversial businesswomen, known as the Midlands Steel Queen, has died.
Journalists honoured at the Midlands Media Awards
The Midlands Media Awards were held at Edgbaston Stadium.
Midlands Media Awards 2018
Midlands Media Awards 2018
Wealth of expertise as business booms in city
Succession Wealth financial planners grow city base thanks to thriving finance and professional sectors in Birmingham
Serving our young people in a changing high street
Expert panel joins Tesco roundtable to look at how the retail sector can develop the next generation of workers and tackle the West Midlands skills gap
Jaguar Land Rover
JLR's sales plummet after struggles in China
Luxury car brand says market conditions remain challenging in China due to tariff changes and continued trade tensions with the US