Monthly Archives: February 2011

Village Hampdens

Democracy rules in Turville, Bucks.  Last week the parish council rejected a plan to close an ancient lane, following a parish consultation which showed that a majority opposed the plan.          Turville Court was completely rebuilt in … Continue reading

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We’re not out of the woods yet

The government’s about-turn on forestry sales last week was wonderful, but we mustn’t be complacent. On Thursday 17 February, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, told the House of Commons ‘I am sorry, we … Continue reading

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The Bird Atlas

For the last four years I have surveyed grid squares near to home for the British Trust for Ornithology’s Bird Atlas, 2007-2011.  You sign up for a tetrad (2km x 2km) and walk for one or two hours in it, four times a … Continue reading

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Where black sheep are celebrated

I went on a field trip to study pastoralism in the Deccan region of India, at the recent conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons.  Here people’s survival depends on their black Deccani sheep, much as … Continue reading

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