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Bad news for bees: Government reverses ban on bee-killing neonicotinoids

The Secretary of State, George Eustice, made the decision in response to the potential danger posed from beet yellows virus, despite a similar application being refused in 2018 by the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides because of unacceptable environmental risks. In 2017, the UK Government supported restrictions on the neonicotinoid pesticides across …

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Education team launches online ‘Wild About Learning’ hub

The education team usually works with children and young people through outreach work with schools, nurseries and play schemes, and activities at the Trust’s nature reserves across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. The new online hub – warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/wildaboutlearning – will now make the team’s work even more accessible for teachers and families by sharing how-to videos, …

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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust receives £705,000 from the Green Recovery Challenge Fund

A partnership led by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has been successful in securing £705,000 from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund to help transform the Cole valley in the West Midlands. The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a Government fund developed by Defra in partnership with its Arms-Length Bodies, which the …

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Dedicated Warwickshire police rural crime team

The team was launched in October 2019, and has since doubled in size comprising of a Sergeant and eight warranted Police Constables who have their own designated areas of the county that they cover, plus a County Coordinator who monitors incidents reported into the police and ensures, where relevant, they …

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Planning White Paper: Planning for the Future – Our response

The government’s full consultation paper can be viewed here. In response to the proposals set out in the Government’s ‘Planning White Paper: Planning for the Future’, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has formulated a detailed response to the consultation questions, setting out our concerns. 

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Statement on HS2 and ecological concerns

The ecologists’ concerns are set out in a document appended to Lord Hague’s letter. The Wildlife Trusts, The Woodland Trust and RSPB have added a joint statement of concern to the document which Warwickshire Wildlife Trust endorses: “HS2 Ltd has had many years to plan and deliver what is the country’s …

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Green Flag Awards for our nature reserves

This is the third year of awards in a row for theses reserves managed by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Warwick District Council’s Green Spaces Team and Friends of Oakley Wood and Crackley Wood. The Vice-Chairman of Warwick District Council, Councillor Pam Redford said: “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shown how much we value our …

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Our plans for Piles Coppice will protect woodland for future generations

The new ‘extension’ to Brandon Marsh doubles the size of the area dedicated to nature conservation within the area, helping to protect the rarest wildlife. The name Piles Coppice provides a clue as to how the site has been managed for hundreds of years. The term ‘coppice’ means an area of …

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Dedication ceremony at Gallipoli memorial

Rugby Mayor Cllr Bill Lewis and Rugby MP Mark Pawsey joined Ian Binnie of the Gallipolli Association and Dunsmore Living Landscape’s Lucy Hawker to remember those of the Incomparable 29th who gave their services during WWI. Also present were Jessica Scuffle and Sophie Gambling whose poem ‘Krithia’ features on the …

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Create a National Nature Service

Nature groups are calling on the PM and Chancellor to announce a major funding package to provide new green jobs and training through nature recovery work, as part of their spending review. The proposals, known as the National Nature Service, would offer living wage jobs on nature projects to those …

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