Rivers systems as critical natural infrastructure

River systems in the UK have been used and abused for centuries. Much of the damage has been undertaken in an effort to create yet more space for low-yield agriculture. Yet many UK rivers and their floodplains are rather narrow, produce very little food, and could produce far greater benefits if we stepped back and allowed …

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Welsh lynx killed

It's very sad to hear that the lynx that escaped from a 'zoo' (aka exhibit of caged animals?) in Wales had been 'destroyed' after evading capture: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-41944467#_=_ The council said despite "exhaustive efforts" to recapture her, it received advice that the risk to public safety had "increased to severe". I'd say we need an inquiry …

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Natural Areas: a fictitious, but plausible, tale of their creation

Miles King recently featured a blog post from me, which I reproduce below. Over at Mark Avery's blog, I outlined the idea of creating a series of pilot new Natural Areas, a new class of natural landscape to sit alongside National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I stressed that such areas would complement, not replace, existing …

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Half-empty landscape syndrome

In my guest blog at Miles King's blog here, I mention the 'empty forest syndrome', a term coined by Kenton Miller in the early 90s to describe the implications of depletion of large animals from tropical forests. Here are some key references: http://www.dse.ufpb.br/alexandre/Redford%201992%20-The%20empty%20forest.pdf https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/46891244/The_empty_forest_revisited20160629-24311-1lxh7n.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAIWOWYYGZ2Y53UL3A&Expires=1505856048&Signature=XaL7hzVMiyFBButp04CoDv14%2BG4%3D&response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3DThe_empty_forest_revisited.pdf

New Natural Areas: Investing in nature-based economies

I'd like to see a new sort of land designation in the UK to sit next to National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I'm calling these 'New Natural Areas', for want of a better term. Or maybe just Natural Areas. These New Natural Areas might initially take the form of rewilding pilot sites, capturing …

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