The Dorsetshire Gap

Plush and the Dorsetshire Gap Plush. A small collection of houses set amongst chalk downs in an area dotted with evidence of habitation from medieval, Iron Age and Neolithic times. Field systems (terracing, banks of enclosures) cross dykes, tumuli and sites of settlements can be found on almost every hill in this area. The downsContinue reading “The Dorsetshire Gap”

The Blackmore Vale is not a monoculture prairie

Some have suggested that the proposed solar site is “species poor”. However, the Preliminary Ecology Assessment undertaken by the developers of the solar power plant make it very clear that the site and the area surrounding it are ‘species rich’. The fields in the Vale certainly should not not to be confused with the ‘hedgeless prairie’Continue reading “The Blackmore Vale is not a monoculture prairie”

Field Margins

Field margins can provide and enhance wildlife habitats across arable farms without changing cropping patterns. [ Agricultural Threats ] [ Climate Change & Agriculture ] [ Change in Habitats ] [ Change in Species ] [ Basic Conservation Measures ] [ GMO’s ] Field margins can provide and enhance wildlife habitats across arable farms without changing cropping patterns. Source: UK Agriculture Departments, Cereal Field Margin Habitat Action Plan (1998) The UK biodiversity action plan has set targets for the maintenance, restoration andContinue reading “Field Margins”

Rewilding Dorset

We need more space for nature, we need more space for our health and wellbeing and we need to engage in natural solutions to combat climate change. Rewilding degraded land provides all of this. We support Dorset Wildlife Trust in their work to instigate, promote and collaborate rewilding projects in Dorset; for nature, for the climate andContinue reading “Rewilding Dorset”

Is there a dark side to green energy?

In our race to save the climate, a new book claims that we are destroying the environment and starting a new war over natural resources Green” energy is centre stage when it comes to Government plans to achieve their “net zero” mandated target.  For the UK the heading “renewables” really means intermittent solar or wind, but veryContinue reading “Is there a dark side to green energy?”

The ‘Broad One’

THE BROAD ONE’ Dorset’s little rivers — The Lydden and the Caundle Brook.These two streams flow through the western part of the Blackmore Vale, Thomas Hardy’s ‘Vale of the Little Dairies’. The Lydden, a stream that is about twelve miles long, rises under the Chalk escarpment near Buckland Newton, then flows northwards to join theContinue reading “The ‘Broad One’”

Regenerative farms

Regenerative farms spanning four continents, including the Westcountry, have been enlisted to take part in the pilot of a trailblazing new certification scheme. Following the recent reveal of its newest label, Certified Regenerative, non-profit certifier A Greener World (AGW) has selected over 50 farmers to join the programme’s trial phase. The certification will provide aContinue reading “Regenerative farms”

Ramping up offshore

Climate change – temperature increases – increase in flash flooding – increased runoff and flooding – from “wet” land. “ Ramping up offshore wind is essential to accelerating the global energy transition, which many energy experts agree on hinges on widescale electrification. Built at sea, offshore wind farms can provide stable green power at utility-scaleContinue reading “Ramping up offshore”

Solar power has environmental impacts

TOPICS:National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)PhotovoltaicPV PanelUniversity Of Lancaster POSTED BY: ALICE MASILI (ONE TEAM) JULY 16, 2018 The sun is an inexhaustible energy resource to generate electricity apparently without toxic pollutants or effects on global warming. Certainly, solar energy systems (photovoltaics, solar thermal, solar power) offer significant benefits in comparison to the conventional energy sources, but thatContinue reading “Solar power has environmental impacts”