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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top wines for Christmas from national retailers
Richard Saxton's selection of the top wines to go for this Christmas from national retailers.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Our butterflies seem to be recovering following the very wet summer of 2012, but long-term fortunes are still not good
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.
Richard Saxton on Folding Hill's "Orchard Block" Pinot Noir 2010
Richard Saxton sampleds Folding Hill's "Orchard Block" Pinot Noir 2010.
Peter Shirley looks into urban trees in Birmingham and the Black Country
Birmingham and the Black Country are famous for their street trees.
Owen Paterson's view of the environmental movement
Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson described parts of the environmental movement as 'the green blob'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repertory Theatre Birmingham
Comment: Mapping a path through Birmingham's architectural history
Mary Keating from Brutiful Birmingham suggests a new map charting some of the city's architectural forefathers might make a great gift
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
Labour split: Birmingham's nine Labour MPs vow to stick with the party
Birmingham's Labour MPs say they won't split from the party after seven former colleagues leave to create The Independent Group
Independent Group MP offers to keep Theresa May in power in return for a second Brexit referendum
Founder of new breakaway group of MPs offers 'confidence and supply' deal to Theresa May, if she agrees to another Brexit referendum
Revealed: The £1 MILLION cost of just eight roles at Mayor's Combined Authority
Chief executive Deborah Cadman banking a £191,000 per year salary - more than Theresa May
Cross City Line trains are being given a big revamp - this is how
And those grimy green seat covers are FINALLY going!
900 jobs boost as plan to redevelop old tip gets go-ahead
Walsall Council's planning committee has given the green light to plans for Moxley Road, Darlaston
University secures new funding for computer education
Birmingham City University handed £250,000 grant by Department for Education
Birmingham Post publishes supplement on family law
Birmingham Law Society has teamed up with the Post to look at the latest developments in this sector of the legal profession
Ask the Experts - get the latest business expansion advice from Haines Watts, Birmingham
We’ve grown organically until now but believe that to expand further we should diversify into related areas through an acquisition. How should we go about it?
Tech firm land deal for new Solihull base
ZF has bought nine acres to create new purpose-built home on industrial estate
Mazars appoints new Birmingham managing partner
Ian Holder will lead a team of more than 170 staff