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WWT publishes ‘Rich in Nature’

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust report urges the Government to deliver its promise of a 25-year plan, and also to make itself accountable to Parliament through an annual budget statement on the value of the environment, alongside the value of the economy. In order to fund environmental improvements, the report cites the Norwegian approach, where companies who deplete the nation’s natural wealth have to pay towards renewing it through a ‘sovereign wealth’ fund.
http://www.wwt.org.uk/news/news/2016/07/wwt-news/new-wwt-report-pm-and-environment-secretary-urged-to-plan-ahead/
http://www.wwt.org.uk/conservation/saving-wetlands-and-wildlife/publications/rich-in-nature/

Breeding Bird Survey BBS

2013-2014 was a good year for many of the UK’s birds. The latest results from the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) brought some short-term, positive news for a suite of both migratory and resident species against a backdrop of long-term declines for many, long-distance migrants in particular. The BBS Report 2014 reveals the latest short and long-term trends for 110 species, focuses on increasing coverage in the uplands and takes a look at recording how birds were first detected during the 2014 surveys. I cover the National Trusts Belton Park site as part of this survey. See http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/bbs