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Issues in conservation

A Focus On Nature, Issues in conservation

“A change is gonna come” – Daniel Johnson

These infamous words were expressed by Sam Cooke, in my opinion one of the finest singers to ever live. Although the purpose of this song was to support the civil rights movement, the words are easily transferable.

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Issues in conservation

The Power of Hope – Isla Hodgson

I watched Michelle Obama’s last speech as First Lady of the United States, where she was elegant, powerful and poised as she always is. She spoke of believing in ourselves and our abilities as we move into a world full of uncertainty.

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A Focus On Nature, Issues in conservation, Species

UK Freshwater Fish: Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Jack Perks

Fish have always taken somewhat of a back seat in UK conservation, with the exception of a few characters like Atlantic salmon and, recently, eels, due to the huge decline in numbers. For me, it’s the underdogs that really take my interest: the mini species like spined loach, which use their gut as a primitive lung; and bitterling which lay their eggs inside a living swan mussel (not entirely sure what the mussel gets out of this arrangement but it has little choice!).

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A Focus On Nature, Issues in conservation

Nature Matters Conference – Sam Manning

September took an unexpected turn this year as a small piece I had written on the subject of ‘hope for the future of UK wildlife’ for an AFON competition was selected and rewarded with complimentary tickets to the Nature Matters conference in Cambridge, organised by New Networks for Nature.

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A Focus On Nature, Issues in conservation, Nature Reserves

Rewilding at Knepp – Sophie Trice

I joined my first AFON meeting when we went to the wonderful Knepp, located in West Sussex. This is a site that used to be farmland, but field-by-field has been given over to a rewilding project. We were all staying in tents in the summery meadow though didn’t get much sleep as there was too much to do!

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A Focus On Nature, Issues in conservation

Post EU ref roundup – what’s next? – Charlie Hewitt

With everything that has been going on in politics recently and with so many sources of information, sometimes it is difficult to get a comprehensive and concise understanding of what is actually going on. This blog post will hopefully clarify recent events and how we, nature and conservation will be affected by the upcoming changes and most importantly, what we can do to help protect our natural resources, habitats and biodiversity.

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Bloggings Of A Not So Little Mermaid – Jess Mead

Now, before I start I am going to be honest and let you know that blogging is not something I do with much frequency or aptitude so bear with me! However, when I was asked to write a blog about the project I am working on and therefore one of the many awesome marine habitats we have here in the UK I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell you all about how amazing our marine life really is. So here it goes……

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The Field Skills Crisis; How To Avoid Killing Your Passion and Become a Better Naturalist – Liam Curson

One of the most talked about topics in conservation today is the lack of really good field skills. It is something I’ve noticed, and really frustrates me! There are so many bright, talented young people in conservation, but it often seems like you’re more likely to find us at a conference than in a meadow, woodland or estuary.

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My time at Trees For Life – Sam Manning

After enduring the most dismal six months of weather I have ever lived through working in the lowlands of Scotland, I arrived on what would be the first of an entire month (for the most part) of gloriously hot, clear September days at Dundreggan estate, the operational heartland of Trees For Life. A charity with a remarkable long-term re-wilding focus and the goal of ‘restoring the Caledonian forest’.

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