Monthly Archives: August 2013

Coastal access—mixed ministerial messages

Environment minister Richard Benyon is in no hurry to deliver access around England’s coastline, but on BBC2 Newsnight, on Monday 5 August, he did at least say that there would be access ‘in time’ (though not on the Isle of Wight, see … Continue reading

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Last week I visited Whipsnade for a television interview on the green.  As I drove past the zoo entrance I was reminded of some research I did in 1986 for an article for The Countryman, which was celebrating its 60th jubilee … Continue reading

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Bit by bit, connecting the greensand gems

It was 10.15 pm on 22 July when Anne Robinson and I set off across Iping Common, near Midhurst in West Sussex, under a full moon.  I had not expected to hear anything, but soon we heard a nightjar churring and … Continue reading

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