November 2023

In this issue

Royal Ferns of Askham Bog – How to Build the Sustainable Economy – Oaks in J. G. Strutt’s Sylva Britannica – Freshwater Sponges – The Wildlife and History of Grace Dieu

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The wildlife and history of Grace Dieu

Stephen Woodward

Stephen Woodward presents some of the highlights from intensive biological recording at Grace Dieu in Charnwood Forest, an unusual rocky outpost in the low-lying agricultural landscape of north-west Leicestershire.  Travellers on the M1 motorway through the East Midlands will have noticed a prolonged climb as they approach Lough­borough, when a range of hills comes intoSee more

Freshwater sponges: our native species and their inhabitants

Jonathan Briggs

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Oaks in J. G. Strutt’s Sylva Britannica (1826) and their existence in 2023

Aljos Farjon

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Comment: How to build the sustainable economy

Dieter Helm

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History is the key: conservation of Royal Fern at Askham Bog

Alastair Fitter, Yvonne Golding, Roland Ennos and Philip Whelpdale

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in this issue

Book review: Teesdale’s Special Flora: Places, Plants and People

View this book on the NHBS website Upper Teesdale is a place blessed by nature with far more than its share of rare species, especially plants. Its surrounding fells are the coldest, highest and probably bleakest places in England. The dale is the meeting place of plants at the limits of their range, north and

Book review: Forget Me Not: Finding the Forgotten Species of Climate-change Britain

View this book on the NHBS website When we think of UK species threatened by climate change, our minds probably conjure up the usual characters, like Puffins or Capercaillies. But there are many others affected as well. Ones that do not come so readily to mind. Luckily, Sophie Pavelle is flying the flag for these

Book review: Reflections: What Wildlife Needs and How to Provide it

View this book on the NHBS website Books about wildlife must tread a perilously thin line these days. How does one deal realistically with the grim reality of relentless, ongoing declines and yet still offer hope for the future? It is not easy, but if anyone is up to the task it is Mark Avery.

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Conservation news

November’s conservation news report on the new Biodiversity Net Gain timetable, a staggering rollback of Net Zero policies as announced by the UK Prime Minister, a breach of a Bat Mitigation Licence by a property developer, and much more. Conservation news supplement

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Wildlife reports

November’s wildlife reports describe the remarkable arrival of North American landbirds, including the Bay-breasted Warbler and Magnolia Warbler; the unexpected presence of Roman Snails at RHS Wisley; the arrival of the non-native Okamura’s Pom Pom Weed in Plymouth Sound; the usual update on plants, micro-moths and reptiles and amphibians; an much more.

Gareth Fisher

Habitat management news

November’s habitat management news describes the RSPB’s work to rewet woodlands, with a focus on the most recent project at Blean Woods in Kent. Also covered is a study that investigated how the amount of deadwood over different scales affects the number of lichen species in boreal forests.

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