Solar Energy, farmers and the environment
The NFU believes that its members are well-placed to capture renewable natural energy flows, while maintaining our traditional role in food production as well as the delivery of other environmental and land management services. It is the NFU's aspiration that every farmer and grower should have the opportunity to become a net exporter of low-carbon energy.
British farmers are working hard to enhance the British countryside, protect the environment, maintain habitats for native plants and animals, maintain footpaths, protect watercourses and support wildlife species. Productive farming depends on fertile soils and clean water, so it is hardly surprising that farmers prioritise the protection of these vital national resources.
‘Swailing’ – where there’s smoke there’s a reason
Those of you who are regular watchers of the sky may have noticed in the last few weeks that it changed from its more traditional winter colour of battleship grey to something approaching a pleasing shade of blue. Yet, at this time of year, cometh the blue sky, cometh the smoke as farmers and conservationists alike took the opportunity of this window of dry and settled weather to burn selected patches of heathland. For those unfamiliar with the practice it appears a destructive form of habitat management, but carried out correctly it has a number of benefits for both graziers and wildlife and is regarded as one of man’s oldest land management tools, predating civilisation itself.
Good Friday Trigging Tradition
It is Good Friday and a beautiful sunny day and I am off down to Helford Passage to soak up the holiday atmosphere and help conduct Helford Marine Conservation Group’s informal survey of the ancient tradition of Trigging. Families some of several generations from around Cornwall and some further afield descend on the Helford River armed with rakes, hoes and a good picnic to pick Cockles.
Trigging on Bar Beach
Where to Find Birds on The Lizard - Late Winter/Early Spring
As with much of the natural world birds are coming to life about now. For those that like to get out and about this article describes a few good areas, on The Lizard, to see birds at this time of year. I will start with a Lizard location that is not on The Lizard (but hey ho it is a great walk and a good place to easily see birds).
Loe Pool (SW 647250)
The best place to park is opposite the boating lake in the Penrose Amenity Area Car Park. The circular walk around the perimeter (from the car park) is just over six miles and it is a fairly easy walk but can be muddy in places. Start at the water works where you will see Chiffchaff - this is a great place to familiarise yourself with this lovely little species.
A year in the life of a National Trust pony
Grazing the heath at Beagles
The National Trust has had ponies here on the Lizard for over 20 years, grazing the coastal heaths and grasslands for the benefit of wildlife. Our original herd, now aged over 30, is still going strong, proving a life of sea air does you good! These purebred Shetland ponies came to us from Arlington Court, a National Trust estate in north Devon, where some of their old pals still live today.
Responsible Wildlife Watching with the Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code Group
The Cornwall Marine and Coastal Code Group are tackling the issue of marine and coastal wildlife disturbance county-wide, and are calling on the public to help us monitor and manage this important issue.
This winter seems never ending. Rain and high winds have been forecasted once again for this weekend, and rather than do our weekend trip to the beach we think about huddling away by fires and cooking roast dinners with friends and families.