Support the Sheffield Street Tree campaigners – help fund ‘Tree Hunter’ Rob McBride……

Support the Sheffield Street Tree campaigners – help fund ‘Tree Hunter’ Rob McBride……

I have a new book out – on trees – called ‘Shadow Woods – a search for lost landscapes’ – and hopefully a very positive take on future tree’d landscapes…..but embedded in a radical reinterpretation of countryside history.

However, (and more importantly) The Tree Hunter, Rob McBride, is doing a huge amount for Sheffield trees and is presently unfunded. To help support the campaign, from every book sold between now and Christmas, I will donate £2 to help Rob’s costs.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Woods-Search-Lost-Landscapes/dp/1904098665/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508327171&sr=1-1&keywords=Ian+D.Rotherham

Not a lot I know, but maybe others will follow suit………..

The history of the book is that I wrote a short volume called ‘Eco-history – an introduction to biodiversity and conservation’ and some reviewers felt it was too negative – one stating that although the evidence was incontrovertible, the book was ‘profoundly depressing’. Furthermore, whilst it was an educational book, another reviewer said it was unsuitable for children because the message was too stark!

[Hmmmm with the Sheffield street trees situation I wonder why that is…..?! Maybe growing up with rivers of detergent foam and raw sewage was a little depressing too]. However, moving swiftly on, the ‘Shadow Woods’  story is the ‘happy ending’!   

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eco-History-Introduction-Biodiversity-Conservation-Rotherham/dp/1874267812/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508329862&sr=1-6&keywords=Ian+D.Rotherham

Please pass this message on and also come along to our big environmental celebration at Sheffield Hallam University, on the 27th November with me, Professor Chris Baines and others, and its free.

https://www.ukeconet.org/wmwpsw.html

 

Ian

 

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As the noose tightens on Sheffield’s Vernon OAK – It’s sad, so sad. It’s a sad, sad situation. And it’s getting more and more absurd.

As the noose tightens on Sheffield’s Vernon OAK …..It’s sad, so sad. It’s a sad, sad situation. And it’s getting more and more absurd.

Or so wrote Elton John & Bernie Taupin back in 1976, but the line could equally apply here in Sheffield today. The noose is tightening around several key and ultimately iconic trees and roadside avenues in Sheffield, from the Vernon Oak, to the Chelsea Huntingdon Elm, and to the Meersbrook Park Road limes.

   This really is environmental bullying and brutality at its worst and shrouded by an aura of what seems to be deliberate and divisive misinformation that is trotted out as ‘professional practice’ or ‘science’ – which is certainly is not.

The Vernon Oak is a pre-urbanisation, pre-enclosure rural tree and I estimate at least 180 to 200 years old – it cannot be replaced. Furthermore, it is doing almost no damage, and the removal is paid for by US! As the line goes, ‘And it’s getting more and more absurd’.

But following on with appalling use of lyrics, as Bonnie Tyler sang, ‘Where have all the good men gone?’, for the Vernon Oak the line might be, ‘I need a hero
I’m holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night’………..So I wonder when will the cavalry arrive?

More to follow!

Ian

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COUNTRYSIDE CHAMPIONS

COUNTRYSIDE CHAMPIONS

Article from Ranger Magazine about the rise and fall of countryside management………

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How the wild deer are coming to town…….

How the wild deer are coming to town…….

 

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Wild about Yorkshire’s Coast & Country: Enjoy the Last of the Summer’s Dragons

Wild About Yorkshire’s Coast & Country: Enjoy the Last of the Summer’s Dragons

These pictures were emailed in by Sheffielder John Scholey – and are from sightings in his garden just off Psalter Lane in Sheffield and with a modestly-sized garden pond.

It just shows what you can turn up in the heart of the suburbs!

The two dragons here are a male and female Emperor Dragonfly and are some of the larger species that are still out and about.

Great pictures too ……. the results of skill and patience!

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Wild About Yorkshire’s Coast & Country: the song of the winter robin…

Wild About Yorkshire’s Coast & Country: the song of the winter robin…

Because of the need to hold and defend a territory in winter, the robin (along with the dunnock sometimes), is one of our few birds with a winter song. This is captured on a great little clip on you tube:

Enjoy!

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History & Heritage of the Bogs & Peatlands of Cumbria and surrounding areas

History & Heritage of the Bogs & Peatlands of Cumbria and surrounding areas

Join us for a remarkable 2-day event in north Cumbria!

This event explores the fascinating but under-appreciated history and cultural aspects of peat bogs in and around Cumbria and the surrounding areas. It will involve and engage local people as well as professionals, and there will be a published volume from the event. The meeting will suit all those interested in peat bogs, peat landscapes, and their history, heritage and restoration.

For more information and bookings: 

http://www.ukeconet.org/cumbriabogs.html

Tel: 0114 272 4227 – Email: info@hallamec.plus.com

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