Thought Piece, Natural Capital Evaluations

Thought Piece, Natural Capital Evaluations
A certain credit card has had an advertising campaign which has used the notion that there are certain things in life which we hold so dear that we cannot put a price on them. Currently there are areas of natural capital which fall into the same category: priceless. So how, then, can we begin to find a price tag which reflects accurately what the value is? In the UK, the Environment Agency’s National Environmental Assessment Services has the difficult t

The Naturalness of Being

The Naturalness of Being
  “Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life”          Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte   German born Swiss poet and Edwardian novelist Hermann Hesse wrote of nature with contemplative meditation, recognising its’ innate connection and timeless bon

Nature is a special subject

Nature is a special subject
All too often, we stay in our little boxes.  Scientists talk to scientists, artists talk to artists, writers talk to… themselves (well, I do anyway).  It is a rare and special subject that brings people together, across disciplines and from a wide range of organisations. Nature is that special subject. It is all at once the inspiration for creativity, a medicine for the ill, the pound signs for tourism and for all of us the great provider of services th

The importance of bees

The importance of bees
"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."  -  Albert Einstein   Ok, so he may not actually have said this but the importance of bee pollination to our society should not be dismissed. There are about 250 bee species in Britain. This includes, around 225 species of solitary bee, 24 species of bumblebees and ...

Pollinator Awareness Week

This week is Pollinator Awareness Week. It is easy to take the work of our natural pollintors for granted but without them our countryside, gardens, allotments and orchards would be very different and less productive places. In Britain, honeybees, bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies, beetles, butterflies and moths all contribute to pollination of flowering crops. Incredibly, one third of the total volume of global agricultural produce relies on...

LEED Toolkit

LEED Toolkit
We'd like to introduce you to LEED - The Local Environment and Economic Development toolkit. This was an early collaboration between Wild Anglia, New Anglia LEP, both county councils and Defra, and that group has now completed its task. The LEED toolkit has been piloted, adapted, and is now ready for use by LEPs as they plan and deliver their growth strategies across the country. This toolkit allows LEPs to identify key opportunities and threats t