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2010-03-05 10:05:00

Seventy-five per cent of the world's heather moorlands are in the UK. However, pollution, overgrazing and wild fires have damaged large areas. Several organizations in the Peak District National Park are trying to restore and conserve the moorland habitat. As part of the Festival of Social Science organized by the Economic and Social Research Council (12-21 March 2010), the Peak District National Park Authority in Partnership with the National Trust and Moors for the Future is running a walk...

2008-09-08 06:00:11

By Jenny Haworth TWO golden eagle chicks have been born next to a 46-turbine wind farm. Nicknamed Ben and Turk, the chicks hatched in a nesting site next to the Beinnan Tuirc wind farm in Argyll. They were the first to be born at the spot for more than a decade and ScottishPower Renewables says it shows that its GBP 2 million conservation area has been a success. At 1,215 hectares, the wind farm site has the largest conservation project of its kind for golden eagles in the UK. David...

2008-07-06 00:00:12

A FIRE watch is to be mounted in the Yorkshire Dales in an attempt to reduce the devastating damage and loss of wildlife caused by summer blazes in and around the national park. The new North Yorkshire Dales Wildfire Group is encouraging landowners to draw up plans they hope will reduce the severe impact of such incidents on the internationally important moorland. Firefighters have teamed up with national park officers and members of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and...

2008-06-26 00:00:00

The fragile economic viability of hill farming in the South West, already threatened by years of poor returns, may be made worse by the consequences of the Single Farm Payment scheme, according to a new study. Published on the eve of a major conference about the future of farming on Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor, the report paints a bleak picture of the future for the region's hill farmers, with subsidies no longer based on the numbers of livestock produced. The report, prepared...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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