Never trust the ground beneath your feet

Over the last week, an incident of major proportions has occurred in the UK, at Hatfield, near Doncaster. It has gone largely under reported in the media, which is a scandal. This is a significant and worrying event, and is of interest to anyone interested in mining, industrial waste, spoil heaps, physical geography and geology.

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Shire Oak Nature Reserve: upcoming works explained

I noticed last week that heathland improvement works were planned by Walsall’s Counctry Services team – that’s the rangers I’ve posted so much about lately – at Shire Oak Park Local Nature Reserve in Brownhills.

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Fighting for our greenspace: Please sign the petition!

People concerned about cuts to Walsall Countryside Services, the Ranger Team and related issues – as outlined here previously – can now sign the petition over at Walsall Council’s website. It’s completely electronic, and is administered as part of Walsall’s Democratic Services. If the petition gets enough support, it will be raised at full council.

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Over in WS5, something interesting stirs…

I notice today that we have a new blog for South Walsall on the scene, the WS5 blog. It needs to find its feet, but there’s certainly some interesting stuff promised there. Run by a keen chap called Dean Hill, Dean has been working very hard today on twatter to promote his new venture, and…

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Antisocial media

Since Walsall Council started it’s interaction with the public on social media, I have, on the whole, been supportive and appreciative of their efforts to forge a way forward in the new media. I’ve criticised them a couple of times when they make ridiculous claims – but on the whole, the civic use of Twatter and…

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Damned diversions! (via ChaseWaterCycle Blog)

  I’d like to share the following, excellent Blue Peter style guide to the cycle/pedestrian diversions afoot over at Chasewater. Compiled by Lesley and Kate, delightful mum and daughter team from Chasewatercycle, it’s an honest, funny and captivating journey by bike around a not terribly well thought-out new route system, implemented while the long awaited…

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Blog news – and more Clayhanger stuff coming

I just thought I’d tell you guys that I’m working on a few posts at the moment, but the rash of interesting diversions lately has resulted in some of them getting pushed down the stack. I’ve got a couple of great local history snippets to cover, some planning applications, discussions about local buildings and a…

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