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Just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales (pictured), on common land high above Ebbw Vale, developers want to build a 3.5 mile motor racing complex. Photo: Ross Merritt via Flickr.

The upland commons of South Wales are no place for a motor sports complex

Kate Ashbrook

14th June 2014

Developers are determined to build a massive motor sports complex on common land above the South Wales valleys, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, writes Kate Ashbrook. But although they have planning permission, they can still be defeated ... more...
Contented cow at Three Cliffs Bay, Penmaen (near Swansea), South Wales. Photo: Mélanie via Flickr.com.

How Wales is defeating bovine TB without killing badgers

Jan Bayley

14th April 2014

Wales has an enviable record of declining BTB in cattle - without having to kill a single badger. Jan Bayley explains how Wales's combination of frequent testing and exacting biosecurity has succeeded - and how England can learn from Wales's experience. more...
North Atlantic Right whale three miles off Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on February 21, 2013. Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via Flickr.com.

Lawsuit demands 50,000 square mile Atlantic whale sanctuary

The Ecologist

11th April 2014

The US Fisheries Service has repeatedly failed to give highly endangered Right whales adequate protection. Now wildlife groups are suing the Agency to demand a more than tenfold expansion of 'critical habitat' to protect the species along the US's Atlantic coast. more...
Talis Kalnars in 1999, in the Dinam Estate woodlands in mid-Wales. Photos: Oliver Tickell.

An inspirational forester

Phil Morgan

14th May 2014

Talis Kalnars was a pioneer of 'continuous cover' forestry in Britain, writes Phil Morgan. His woodlands were not only beautiful but profitable, as he nurtured the 'natural capital' of the forest ecosystem, and only harvested the dividend of high value timber. more...
Watchkeeper UAV first flight in UK at MoD Aberporth. 14th April 2010. Photo: Think Defence via Flickr.com.

West Wales - the hills are abuzz with the sound of drones

Paul Mobbs

25th March 2013

In rural West Wales, with no public consultation, the Ministry of Defence and QinetiQ are about to launch a new era in drone technology and experimentation. Paul Mobbs reports on Wales's role in a legally dubious future of mass surveillance and remote killing. more...
The prop fouler is launched by bosun Daniel. Photo: © Adam Lau.

Hunting the hunters

Laurens de Groot

10th February 2014

In his new book 'Hunting the Hunters - at war with the whalers', Laurens de Groot recounts his adventures with Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean, saving whales from Japan's 'scientific research'. more...

US complicit in marine mammal slaughter

The Ecologist

7th January 2014

The US is not enforcing a law which requires imported fish to comply with US standards for marine mammal protection - although non-US commercial fisheries are killing 650,000 marine mammals a year. more...
Flensing of a Baird's beaked whale killed in a small-type coastal whaling hunt

Ending Japan's great cetacean hunt

Sarah Baulch

12th November 2013

Japan's hunting of cetaceans has become a rallying point for nationalists, but demand for their meat is falling amid worries about toxic pollution. Fukushima could just prove to be the last straw for a declining industry ... more...

Japan - end the cetacean slaughter!

Oliver Tickell

31st October 2013

Over one million whales, dolphins and porpoises killed by Japan's fishing industry in 70 years. And the persecution continues. more...
Slaughtered Pilot Whales

Faroe whale killing: a cruel and unnecessary ritual or a sustainable food practice?

Gavin Haines

4th October, 2012

To the people of the Faroe Islands the slaughter of pilot whales for food is a sustainable practice. Gavin Haines tries to make sense of this much maligned tradition and struggles to determine where we can and/or should impose a different cultural notion of sustainability on others more...
Zero Carbon Britain 2030

Creating the future: How 'Zero Carbon Britain' is inspiring positivity in today's artists

Paul Allen

16th August, 2012

The Centre for Alternative Technology's Emergence Summit must develop positive versions of the future, as if we can't imagine it - there won't be one, says Paul Allen more...
Top 10… water inspired breaks

Top 10… water inspired breaks

Ruth Styles

4th May, 2012

Last month’s downpours might have put you off water for life but that doesn’t mean a watery getaway isn’t worth a look. Ruth Styles rounds up 10 of the best
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Five of the best… country pubs

Five of the best… country pubs

Rachael Stubbins

23rd April, 2012

Fresh, locally sourced produce, real ale and cosy fireplaces: the Great British country pub is one foodie tradition that’s not going anywhere. Rachael Stubbins rounds up five of the best more...
The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places

The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places

Laurie Tuffrey

5th April, 2012

Bernie Krause has spent a lifetime recording the sonics of nature. But, as Laurie Tuffrey finds, his quest to record the elusive sound of the wild finds practical application in conservation more...
Five of the best… Easter walks

Five of the best… Easter walks

Simon Barnett

5th April, 2012

What better way to round off a slap-up Easter feast than with a walk through some of the UK’s finest countryside? Walking charity, Ramblers’ Simon Barnett rounds up five of the best more...
hip uk breaks

The hot list: 10 hip, green UK destinations for 2012

Ruth Styles

13th February, 2012

Forget France; the UK is home to some of the coolest holiday spots on the planet. Whether you want scenery, natural phenomena or a dose of eco-luxury, there’s a British break to suit you
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Five ways to make 2012’s family holiday the greenest ever

Five ways to make this year's family break the greenest ever

Laurie Tuffrey

17th January, 2012

From taking the ferry to a budget version of the Orient Express, Greentraveller founder, Richard Hammond, shares his top five ways to holiday without harming the planet
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dolphins

Cetaceans under siege as man-made perils blight the oceans

Anthony Wall

29th December, 2011

Whales, dolphins and porpoises have no respite from oil and chemicals, fishing nets, shipping, noise pollution and a host of other dangers brought about by man's unrelenting destruction of the oceans, says Anthony Wall more...
HEN WEEKENDS

Five of the best… green weekend breaks

Holly Tuppen / Greentraveller

10th November, 2011

Getting away for a weekend with friends doesn’t have to cost the earth and it certainly doesn’t mean having to splash out. Greentraveller has some eco-friendly suggestions more...
wales

The eco travel guide to Wales

Hannah Corr

13th October, 2011

Forget what you’ve heard about sheep and male voice choirs, says Hannah Corr. There’s a whole lot more to Wales than that more...
Joey Tabone

CAMPAIGN HERO: Joey Tabone, Chief Executive of the Prince of Wales's charity Start

Matilda Lee

12th August, 2011

The new head of the Prince's green living charity speaks to the Ecologist about ways of engaging individuals and the benefits of corporate partnerships more...
Front cover the Ecologist October 1970

The Ecologist October 1971: The extinction of whales?

The Ecologist

17th October, 2011

Forty years ago this month, Scott McVay predicted the impending extinction of many species of whales. Does the threat remain today, or has the battle been won? more...

Revealed: UK fish and chips linked to Icelandic whale slaughter

Tom Levitt

11th July, 2011

British diners could unwittingly be supporting Iceland's whale hunt as a major UK fish wholesaler continues to source seafood from an Icelandic company linked to the killing of endangered fin whales more...
The Yurt Farm

Hotel review: The Yurt Farm

Jemima Roberts

23rd June, 2011

The picturesque setting, homely atmosphere and friendly owners proved a hit with Jemima Roberts during her stay at The Yurt Farm near Tregaron in mid-Wales more...
glamping

Top 10…British glamping trips

Jeff Holman

6th May, 2011

Planning a staycation this summer? With everything from gypsy caravans to forest hideaways available, glamping takes the hard work out of camping. Jeff Holman rounds up 10 of the best more...

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