Monthly Archives: December 2012

My bird year 2012

When I came to add up the bird species on my list for 2012 I was pleasantly surprised by the total, since I didn’t go to many places, and the weather was unhelpful: 109 seen and four heard. However, I confess that my numbers were … Continue reading

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Derby to Duffield memorial walk

Last August I was privileged, in my capacity as Ramblers’ president, to join the Derbyshire Ramblers on a walk to celebrate the lives of two Ramblers’ stalwarts who died in 2011, Arthur Osborne and Keith Walkerdine. The walk has been created … Continue reading

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Horrible hippopolis rejected

Great news, the horrible hippopolis about which I blogged on 3 November here, has been roundly rejected by Wycombe District Council planners. The application was for a private equestrian-development in the lovely Skirmett valley, in the heart of the Chilterns Area … Continue reading

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The Sherwood Wayfinder Campaign

Last October I was pleased to visit Sherwood Forest clothed in its glorious autumn colours, and to hear about the brilliant campaign which Nottinghamshire Ramblers is running to reclaim the lost and secret paths in the area—the Sherwood Wayfinder Campaign. … Continue reading

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My friend Sally, 1918-2012

My friend Sally Forster, who died at the age of 94 in Knutsford, Cheshire, last month, was a good friend and an important part of my youth. When I was about 10 and pony-mad, I ‘helped’ George James, the road-sweeper, who kept donkeys and … Continue reading

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Natural England–we’d be much the poorer without it

‘Countryside “at risk from builders” if quangos merge’ was the headline in the Daily Telegraph on 13 December. The story was about the triennial review of Natural England and the Environment Agency, for which the Department for Environment, Food and … Continue reading

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The attack on greens – call from Open Spaces Society

The attack on town and village greens, which we have expected for the last couple of years, is now upon us. Clause 13 of the government’s Growth and Infrastructure Bill, currently before the House of Commons, will stop local people from … Continue reading

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