Pastoral views of Dorset

The articles below are the views of the authors and may not represent the views of the whole LNP Board

The Next Agricultural Revolution?

Ian Alexander, Natural England We, humans, started farming at the end of the last ice age, over 10,000 years ago.  Whatever initiated that transition to farming it enabled both substantial population increase and phenomenal technological and cultural development as, buffered by stores of produce, people were freed from the daily need to hunt and gather …

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Engaging with Nature

Luke Rake – Chair Dorset LNP It is a privilege to write my first blog post as newly elected Chair of the Dorset Local Nature Partnership. I have been a board member for some time, representing the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) but my interests extend far beyond the economic. We read a lot about the …

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Chesil little tern colony reaches 50 pairs in 2020

Paul Buckley, Dorset LNP Board member and Richard Archer RSPB Chesil Beach Little Tern Project Manager The Dorset LNP invests a lot of effort in conservation policy and strategy work, but of course actual field delivery of conservation is critical and integral to success.  This month we focus on one of Dorset’s rarest and most …

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Time out to think about water, naturally

Fiona Bowles – Chair Dorset Catchment Partnerships Spending more time in the Dorset Frome valley on foot, bike and horseback during lockdown, I can attest to the value of ‘blue space’ for my personal well-being.  I have also knuckled down to some webinars and reading on watery matters. This has led to moments of high …

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On Homeworking

Ian Alexander – Natural England I’m not imagining the day when I’ll pay a virtual visit to my barber but for many businesses Covid-19 has forced them to rethink how their staff work and, for some, the answer has been ‘from home’. Change is predominantly driven when better technology drives out the old.  The Stone …

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Planning for nature’s recovery

Tom Munro – Dorset AONB Manager It’s a couple of months since the annual Dorset Local Nature Partnership Forum in early March, and it’s been a time in which so much of our human world has changed unrecognisably.  The simple act of gathering in number to shape and support nature’s recovery in Dorset now feels …

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The effect of coronavirus on nature and the environment

The effect of coronavirus on nature and the environment. Coronavirus is having an unprecedented effect on everyday life in ways we couldn’t imagine.

2020 vision: a look ahead for Dorset’s environment in 2020

Dr Simon Cripps, Chair Dorset LNP They say it is only a brave or foolish person who predicts what is going to happen this year in these turbulent times.  So let’s call me brave and guess what may be happening to Dorset’s environment this year and in the immediate future.  This is purely a personal …

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