Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bad weather causing problems for seabirds

Ed Brown Photography

Looks like a lot of seabirds around the coast of Wales are suffering due to the weather we’ve been having, this little guy was taken in Skomer, one of the areas affected and somewhere I hope to visit again later this year.

Atlantic Puffin - Fratercula arctica

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Climate change blamed for storms

Storms continue to batter Britain


Huge waves batter Newhaven Lighthouse. Pic by Getty.

Scientists from the Met Office have described this winter as the wettest on record and have warned that the recent stormy weather could be linked to climate change.

In an open letter published in The Times and signed by weather experts, including the Met Office’s chief scientist Dame Julia Slingo, said the risk of flooding is increasing with global warming.

The letter  states: “We have looked at the potential influence of climate change and all the evidence from observations, theory and models which show that a warming world leads to more intense daily and hourly rainfall. When we add rising sea levels, then the risk to our communities from serious flooding and coastal inundation are increasing with climate change.”

Pete Seeger

Great quote from the late Pete Seeger, who died last month

Brentford Recycling Action Group

Pete Seeger

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British taxpayer-funded grouse shooting causes flooding

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Derbyshire in England is called When Red Grouse Attack.

By Peter Lazenby in England:

Campaigners stage protest over moorland burning

Saturday 22nd February 2014

Environmentalists say taxpayer-funded torching of grouse moors increases flooding in valleys

Environmental campaigners picketed the headquarters of government-backed Natural England in Sheffield yesterday to protest against taxpayers’ cash being used to fund the burning of moorland.

The campaigners — armed with symbolic mops, buckets and placards demanding: “Don’t fund flooding” — warned that burning moorland to make it suitable for grouse-rearing and shooting contributed to the flooding which has devastated valleys beneath the moors.

Some protesters were from the West Yorkshire Pennine town of Hebden Bridge, which in June 2012 was devastated by floods after water poured down roads and tracks from moorland above the town.

The campaigners said that moorland burning above the community contributed to the fast run-off of…

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A new National Policy Statement (NPS) for National Road and Rail Networks and what it could mean for woods and trees

Woodland Matters

UK_motorway_symbol The Government launched this consultation document in December last year and  the title alone raises at least two questions:

What is A National Policy Statement (NPS)?

The 2008 Planning Act introduced a new decision making process for nationally significant infrastructure projects. Instead of being considered by the local planning authority applications within certain sectors and of a certain size are fast tracked to the Planning Inspectorate (PINs).

The NPSs are produced by the government. They provide the framework for Planning Inspectors to make recommendations to the Secretary of State, who makes the final decision on these applications.

What are National Road and Rail Networks?

The document defines these as ‘National rail and strategic rail freight interchange developments’. The strategic road network is managed by the Highways Agency and accounts for most major trunk roads and all motorways in England. This strategic road network accounts for only 2% of the…

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Great family walks in Yorkshire

Twile Blog

We love going out on walks as do the kids, somewhere they can run free. The list below includes my 3 favourite places to go along with how difficult or easy our children found them.

Hardcastle Crags– Very Easy for a young family

2 miles (there and back) if you stick to the main path (pram friendly). My 23month daughter was able to walk the whole way (although it took us 3 times longer than planned!)

 river at hardcastle

There are many other footpaths that can be followed to make your walk more challenging (more than 15 miles of crisscrossed footpaths).

At its heart is Gibson Mill, a family-oriented visitor centre, telling the history of the valley over the past 200 years, with interactive displays, dressing up, dancing and exhibitions. Having no link to the national grid, the mill is unique in the UK and is the Trust’s flagship sustainable building.’…

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