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Reintroduction of the Corn Buttercup at Hope Farm

  Reintroduction of the Corn Buttercup at Hope Farm The Corn Buttercup, like the Cornflower, Corncockle, and other flowering arable plants, were once an abundant site in farmers’ fields. My grandparents remember these species being as common as wild oat 50 years ago, but when talking to my parents, who spend as much time working...

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We Are A Many Bodied-Singing Thing

We Are A Many-Bodied Singing Thing is a new anthology of speculative poetry and fiction, inspired by endangered species and the people saving them. Download it for free and watch the virtual launch below! Anthology: WEB VERSION - We are a many-bodied singing thing Virtual Launch: watch it here. The things that give me the...

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CONSERVING THE FOREST FOR THE FUTURE

Sherwood Forest has one of Europe’s biggest collection of ancient oaks – that is, aged 400 years and above –  which is really important for the life of the forest as these trees provide homes for more species than any other native trees. Each is capable of supporting hundreds of different creatures, from bats and...

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Sand Lizard – Volunteer Surveying

I saw my first sand lizard in the 1960s at Ainsdale, when I was aged about ten. The car would be parked on the beach, and we would climb over the frontal dunes to the dune slack area, looking for whatever creatures were in the water. That is where I saw my first newt and...

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The Willow Tit – Our Most Threatened Resident Bird

Back from the Brink special: discover the willow tit, our most threatened resident bird Willow Tits in the UK have nosedived a dramatic 94% loss in population since the 1970s and have disappeared completely from an estimated 50% of their previous breeding range. The most noticeable losses are in the southern parts of England, especially...

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Common Communities or Scarce Species?

Common Communities or Scarce Species? Scarlet Pimpernel has always been my favourite flower. Long before I developed a professional interest in scarce and declining arable plants (formerly known as weeds), I just adored the scarlet pop of colour that scrambled across the field edges and gateways where I grew up.  It seemed to be everywhere....

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Botanical Bards

Read this wonderful blog by Julia Thorley who hosted two events recently with our Roots of Rockingham project team.   BOTANICAL BARDS This was the title of the workshop I ran yesterday with my friends at Back from the Brink. You might recall I did one in the autumn based on the birds of Fineshade...

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Volunteer Focus – Devon & Cornwall – Lucy

  Volunteer Focus – Devon and Cornwall – Lucy Lucy is based in Devon and has been a volunteer for Colour in the Margins since July 2018. She’s taken part in one or two surveys with Hannah, the Project Officer for Devon and Cornwall. This is her story… Lucy decided to volunteer with Back from...

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Volunteer Focus – Devon & Cornwall – Ilene Sterns

Volunteer Focus – Devon and Cornwall – Ilene Sterns “I’ve always found fields of poppies incredible” (c) E.L. Cooke Ilene and her husband are based in Devon and have been involved with Colour in the Margins since the very beginning. They joined Back from the Brink after moving down to Devon from Bath and were...

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