Fishing for Salmon as a sport is becoming a wrestling match between our romantic memory of what once was, and our conscience; sustaining our environment. I have rarely bought a license in the last decade, as I feel guilty catching, let alone killing, an endangered...read more
With the rising water temperatures of rivers, uncontrolled and unpunished pollution, overfishing and loss of habitat, the public in Wales seem unaware that their migratory fish may well disappear. Is it time for a statue on the banks of the Cleddau to celebrate the...read more
Lysichiton americanus - Wikipedia When I tried to dig up my first Skunk Cabbage I fell back into the riverside mud onto my back. The roots were 2-3 feet deep, large and convoluted with many strands. I have heard subsequently that leaving just one root tip behind can...read more
The rapid flush of acid water down the rivers from well drained and grazed uplands is responsible for so much damage. It means spates are short, and wash down much of the river banks and soil. This clogs up spawning gravel for invertebrates, the eggs of spawning fish,...read more
River groups attack Natural Resources Wales’ record – WWRT awaits the decision on the Nitrates Directive consultation and its amended implementation with trepidation.
Fines for slurry release are not sufficient, and the full force of the law has not been applied in past incidents. Obviously there is no consensus in the WG, and many members are not concerned with the environment as much as they are with the farming lobby. It is only...read more
All our wild plants are precious. I was just on Rodborough common looking unsuccessfully for the Duke of Burgundy fritillary which lays its eggs on the yellow cowslips littering the meadows. Fantastic site, with early puple orchids interspersed amongst the cowslips.....read more
Should there be more regulation and public awareness of pesticide use? In the UK there are calls for less regulation now that we are leaving Europe. Readers will find these calls come from the farming community, and if there is evidence that less harm will be done by...read more
Modern pollutants tend to be invisible. They kill by stealth in rivers that can appear clean and many are linked to intensive agriculture.
Clarke is a great advocate of fresh water fishing. Its a pity that his words are not listened to. Although anglers are the largest sporting community, it seems their votes are more connected to relatively cheaper and cheaper meat and vegetables than to a sustainable...read more
Butterly decline – has little to do with garden paving. Is the media in league with the politicians?
Rarely has a research article been reported in so biased and poorly. The decline in butterflies, moths and all flying invertebrates, both flying and in water, is steady since the early 1950s when intensive agriculture first took off. Butterflies are often more common...read more
Collecting more data, getting more reports.... A standard tactic is repeated. The time to act is now. The State of Nature report tells us plainly that there is little time left and species are being lost annually. Some of them are hardly ever seen, such as...read more