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HS2 – you can’t put a price on that…

The UK’s proposed High Speed Railway Two (HS2) will. proponents say, shave a few minutes off journey times between London and ‘the North’, lower carbon emissions, and is vital to the economy. But costs are spiralling, writes Charlie Moores, and it will cause irreperable damage to important wildlife-rich habitats. Can anyone put a price on that?

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Mary Colwell | ‘Curlew Action’ Crowdfunder

Next week the WoW Project will be interviewing irrepressible broadcaster and wildlife author Mary Colwell for a podcast. In recent years Mary has posited the idea of a Natural History GCSE, and highlighted the decline of the Curlew, a once familiar bird of open countryside but a species now in rapid decline. She recently launched a Crowdfunder to help produce a Curlew Fieldworker’s Toolkit designed to reverse the Curlew’s fortunes.

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Australia on fire: can its endemic wildlife recover?

Adelaide based photographer Brad Fleet‘s image of a charred Kangaroo, caught in a fence as it fled the bushfires destroying the east of the continent, went viral this week. It seemed for a moment to shift the focus away from human catastrophe to the impact the fires are having on wildlife and the vast loss of irreplaceable bush and forest habitat. Can, writes Charlie Moores, its endemic wildlife ever recover?

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Yorkshire: The end of grouse shooting in sight?

An article in The Guardian this Sunday, looking at a “landmark” decision by Yorkshire Water, the county’s largest landowner, to review the leasing of its land to grouse shoots, suggested that, “On Brontë country’s moors, the end of grouse shooting is in sight”. In sight perhaps, writes Charlie Moores, but the industry won’t go without a fight.

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