Category Archives: commons

Roaming the Cromer coast

On my recent visit to Cromer for the Walkers Are Welcome annual get-together I found time to explore the Norfolk coast. Continue reading

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John Underhill-Day, all-round naturalist

I pay tribute to my friend John Underhill-Day, an excellent all-round naturalist, who has died aged 74. Continue reading

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Bashing for butterflies

Common Wood: part 15 On a bright and sunny autumn day, 22 October, 13 volunteers met in the front field at Hillbridge Farm near Peter Tavy on Dartmoor.  Megan Lowe and Simon Phelps from Butterfly Conservation’s All the Moor Butterflies … Continue reading

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National parks: a common good

I was invited to have the last word at the national park societies’ conference, held on Dartmoor during World Commons Week. Continue reading

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How do you get to Backney Common?

It appears impossible legally to obtain access to Backney Common, access land on the River Wye near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire. Continue reading

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On Garway Hill

I fulfilled a long ambition to walk up Garway Hill and explore some west Herefordshire commons with my friend Marika Kovacs. Continue reading

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Countryside Commission of fond memory

I was delighted to join staff from the former Countryside Commission to celebrate its 50th anniversary and remember its good work. Continue reading

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