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Ten questions about Public Safety and the Badger Cull

Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting has raised ten questions about public safety and the badger cull. Public Safety in the 2014 Badger Cull: Just how safe are the public when… 1. New Guidelines allow lone shooters to operate without safety lookouts? 2. New Guidelines allow lone shooters using Night Vision to ...read more →

Ten Meadow Wildlife Wonders – Cocksfoot

Common cocksfoot (c) Richard Burkmar     Wildlife wonders from magical meadows Attention-grabbing insects steal the show in summer – bright blue butterflies, burnished burnet moths and rattling grasshoppers – but how many of us look for other surprising stars of the sunshine? The Wildlife Trusts offer 10 top meadow ...read more →

Ten Meadow Wildlife Wonders – Shrews

Common Shrew (c) Carl wright     Wildlife wonders from magical meadows Attention-grabbing insects steal the show in summer – bright blue butterflies, burnished burnet moths and rattling grasshoppers – but how many of us look for other surprising stars of the sunshine? The Wildlife Trusts offer 10 top meadow ...read more →

Dr Brian May master of Brock n Roll

Today’s news that Dr Brian May CBE has won the 2014 Observer Ethical Award alongside Peter Wilcox is just reward for Brian’s unwavering commitment to animal welfare issues. The 2013 badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset focussed attention on his work, but Brian is not a one issue rock star. Brian ...read more →

Nature pushed to the edge

Nature has been pushed to the edge in the most recent change to Common Agricultural Programme rules.  Minister George Eustice MP believes that subsidised fields of peas and beans will be good for nature.  That’s what he said on BBC Radio 4 World at One today June 10th.  The Wildlife Trusts ...read more →

Ten Meadow Wildlife Wonders – Common Twayblade

Common twayblade (c) Geoff Simpson (Naturepl)   Wildlife wonders from magical meadows Attention-grabbing insects steal the show in summer – bright blue butterflies, burnished burnet moths and rattling grasshoppers – but how many of us look for other surprising stars of the sunshine? The Wildlife Trusts offer 10 top meadow ...read more →

A Greener Vision for HS2

The Wildlife Trust have today set out their greener vision for HS2.  The full environmental cost of the high speed rail line has not been assessed.  Wildlife Trusts are in a unique position to spell out just what the venture means for nature at the local level. (c) Roger Marks ...read more →

Vanishing Grasslands

New evidence of vanishing grasslands One of my first experiences with what was then called the Gloucestershire Trust for Nature Conservation (now the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust) was to witness the destruction of 60 acres of the finest Cotswold grassland by an owner who believed that ‘Cereal Quotas’ were imminent and ...read more →

Gloucestershire badger cull fiasco writ large

The news that the Gloucestershire badger cull had missed its target was no surprise to those of us who did not believe that a farmer led free shooting programme could be a success.  Indeed, Lord Krebbs memorably referred to it as ‘this crazy scheme‘.  However the figures made public today ...read more →