Category Archives: Farming

Open letter to the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

NOTE: This letter was originally published in Country Squire Magazine here on 2nd October 2017. Dear Mr Gove, As you are aware, Lynx UK Trust has recently submitted an application to Natural England for a licence to release Lynx into … Continue reading

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The Unintended Consequences of George Monbiot.

NOTE. This article was originally published in Country Squire Magazine here, on 21st March 2017.   Don’t get me wrong about all this – I’m rather fond of George Monbiot’s writing. It is always entertaining and there is plenty to … Continue reading

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Should Wolves and Lynx be released into the British countryside? – Part 1: Introductions and Re-introductions.

An integral part of the rewilding agenda is that of the release or encouragement of large predators back into environments where they have been absent for a long time. In the European scheme of things, this means Wolves, Lynx, Bears … Continue reading

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What is “conservation” and who is it for?

Definitions Even before the referendum, it was becoming clear that all sorts of conservation NGOs and hangers-on were exercised over the possibility of Brexit and what the implications would be. Now that our exit is confirmed, those same worthies have … Continue reading

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The impact of upland farming – Part 4 of 4: Definitions and conclusions.

In many ways, George Monbiot’s book Feral, is a curious amalgam of anecdote, ecological theory, polemic and autobiography. On two or three occasions, he seems to feel intimately and mystically connected to events (as he envisages them) in the distant geological past. … Continue reading

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The impact of upland farming – Part 3a: A short walk upon Bodmin Moor.

Yesterday, in a spirit of inquiry, I set off early to Camelford and then to the north side of Bodmin Moor. My aim was to walk up to the top of Rough Tor, which is just to the north of … Continue reading

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The impact of upland farming – Part 3 of 4: Ecology of the uplands in transition.

In his book Feral [1], George Monbiot outlines his ideas for the environmental transformation of the British uplands – from open sheep grazed pastures to wooded hillsides. He argues that this will considerably enhance biodiversity. Furthermore, that the release of large predators … Continue reading

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