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European Protected Species

Nature con­ser­va­tion first became a recog­nised activ­ity around the begin­ning of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury, with Wicken Fen becom­ing the first nature reserve when pur­chased by the National Trust in 1895.  The fore­run­ner of the County Wildlife Trusts, the Soci­ety for the Pro­mo­tion of Nature Reserves was founded in.  The name gives some­thing of a clue

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Woodland Training Courses

We have recently been asked by a cou­ple of cus­tomers about train­ing courses for man­ag­ing wood­lands.  There are quite a few out there, cov­er­ing gen­eral man­age­ment, wood­land crafts and spe­cific prac­ti­cal skills such as chain-saw oper­a­tion. Most small wood­land own­ers are inter­ested in short courses at week­ends; the wood is after all a hobby, and

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Renewable Heat Initiative for Woodland Owners

Well finally the gov­ern­ment have announced the lev­els of sup­port for their plan to encour­age non gas using house­holds to adopt sus­tain­able heat­ing sys­tems – the Renew­able Heat Ini­tia­tive.  It may be of inter­est to wood­land own­ers in two ways: firstly you have a very cheap source of sus­tain­able fuel, and the Gov­ern­ment is keen

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The Cornwall Red Squirrel Project

The plight of the red squir­rel is well known since the intro­duc­tion of grey squir­rels into the wild in 1876. Greys are known to have been intro­duced to Exeter in 1915 and first found their way into Corn­wall in 1951. The last known red squir­rel in Corn­wall was seen in 1984 so their demise has

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Adapting to Climate Change

The French sci­en­tist Jean-Baptiste Fourier iden­ti­fied the green­house effect in 1827, but it was not until 1988 that the Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change was set up in order to advise on cli­mate change, risks and options for adapt­ing to or mit­i­gat­ing that change.  I was first asked about cli­mate change about the same time,

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Continuous Cover Forestry: managing for wildlife and profit

When you start to think of what makes a good wood for con­ser­va­tion, ancient wood­land (con­tin­u­ous wood­land since 1600), native trees, and per­haps oak and all its insect species are things that may come to kind.  But wood­land struc­ture is equally impor­tant and some­times under-valued.  I think this is espe­cially so when think­ing of commercial

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Firewood — the Environmental Fuel

Occa­sion­ally we find peo­ple who don’t want to chop down any trees, but logs from the right source are among the most eth­i­cal and envi­ron­men­tally friendly forms of heat­ing. Broadleaved or decid­u­ous trees grow at a yield class of around 10 (that’s tonnes of tim­ber per hectare every year) and conifers per­haps dou­ble that. In

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