Category Archives: Natural England

Access regained

Access to downland at Chawley Manor in Bucks is not to be restricted, following a campaign but the Ramblers and Open Spaces Society. Continue reading

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Secret access

When continuing access restrictions were proposed on land in the Chilterns I visited and decided that such proposals were unacceptable. Continue reading

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People at the heart of policy

I spoke at the recent national park societies’ conference: national parks have never needed us more. Continue reading

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Warblerfest

A wonderful day on Otmoor, with nine warbler species seen or heard, and a chance meeting with an old friend. Continue reading

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The code renounced

The Countryside Code, which has recently been refreshed, was controversial in 1984 when the Ramblers renounced it at its AGM. Continue reading

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Remember your roots, NE!

Natural England needs to remember all its predecessor bodies when planning for nature recovery. Continue reading

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Three nightjar-highlights

I had three nightjar-sightings on my survey visit this year, a record for me. Continue reading

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Let’s reinvent the Countryside Agency

We must not forget the Countryside Agency which was born 20 years ago today, on 1 April 1999.
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One hundred Opinions

In the autumn 2018 issue of Open Space magazine I wrote my 100th Opinion article. 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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