The Prince of Wales, Country Life and our countryside heritage

The Conversation is a website sponsored by several universities and others, with the aim of combining academic rigour with journalistic flair. Environment Editor Michael Parker asked me to appraise Prince Charles' editorial in the Country Life, and this is the article published by The Conversation on Friday 15 November 2013. Charles: the future king with … Continue reading The Prince of Wales, Country Life and our countryside heritage

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Pilot UK Peatland Code

Follow this link for details of an event in London on 10 June to learn about the new Peatland Carbon Code, to meet the team responsible for writing it and to provide your initial thoughts and feedback in preparation for a pilot project to start in September this year.  Or go to this link to … Continue reading Pilot UK Peatland Code

PEATLAND RESTORATION AND INVESTMENT IN THE SOUTH WEST

The Natural Environment Research Council has funded practical research work in the South West to develop a scheme for the practical restoration of peatland for water management, the reduction of atmospheric carbon and biodiversity habitat management.  This work has been led from Leeds and Birmingham City Universities, and supported with additional funding from South West … Continue reading PEATLAND RESTORATION AND INVESTMENT IN THE SOUTH WEST

Development of a Peatland Ecosystem Services Scheme on the South West Mires and Moors

Slides presented by Dr David Smith and Charles Cowap at an evening meeting of the Agricultural Law Association, kindly hosted by Michelmores LLP at their Exeter Office on 26 February 2013. Dr David Smith first reviewed work in recent years on the benefits of peatland restoration work in the south west, for water management, carbon … Continue reading Development of a Peatland Ecosystem Services Scheme on the South West Mires and Moors

Top 10 Natural Business Opportunities: all 12 of them

The top ten business opportunities to protect and value nature's services have been identified.  With ties for first and ninth places, there are actually 12 of them.  Most of them have implications and opportunities for you if you manage land. Equal first place went to Biodiversity Offsetting and Conservation Banking, tied with the development of … Continue reading Top 10 Natural Business Opportunities: all 12 of them

Peat and Carbon: imagine an A4 box, fill it with peat and store 4 ounces of carbon

I have been trying to understand the scale of carbon storage in peat this evening. The National Trust website told me that one cubic metre of peat can store about 100 kg of carbon.  It went on to say that this amount of carbon is produced by a car travelling 2,000 miles.  I wanted to … Continue reading Peat and Carbon: imagine an A4 box, fill it with peat and store 4 ounces of carbon

University funding and the future of upland farming

"Blogging", "blogging" or just plain blogging?  This is my first venture into blogging so let's try to keep it plain.  The general theme of my blog is going to be education and the rural economy.  What is the blog: the individual article, or the collection of articles?  Is there another collective noun?  Until I know … Continue reading University funding and the future of upland farming