An Urban Fox Hunt (Via The Reremouse)

This post is important, and was wholly written by Walsall Council Senior Wildlife Ranger Morgan Bowers (The Reremouse) – this is an issue of huge concern to me, and I repeat the post here as I think it will be a worry to all of us.
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Don’t forget – Brownhills Common Bioblitz this Friday and Saturday

Are you interested in wildlife, or maybe have a budding David Attenborough or Chris Packham in the family – wnt to bring out your inner Bill Oddie or Simon King – If so, Brownhills Common is the place to be this Friday and Saturday.

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Blitz the common!

Are you interested in wildlife, or maybe have a budding David Attenborough or Chris Packham in the family – wnt to bring out your inner Bill Oddie or Simon King – If so, Brownhills Common is the place to be on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May 2014.

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Catch a peregrine in Walsall now!

I’m a bit late with this (I’ve only just realised it’s on) but today (Saturday 5th April 2014) is Peregrine Watch at the New Art Galley Walsall – it’s running now until 3pm, so if you can, do pop up.
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Walk on the Wild Side at Brownhills Common this Friday!

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – this Friday there’s a chance to meet and listen to very experienced, knowledgable naturalists and conservationists talk about just what a special, rare habitat Brownhills Common is, and why it requires careful and measured stewardship.
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Brownhills Common: Scrutiny meeting tonight!

I received a press release from Walsall Council, stating that following the brouhaha over Brownhills Common and the subsequent petition, there is to be a special scrutiny meeting at the Council House on this very matter, tonight Monday, 13th May 2013, at 6pm.

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Brownhills Common: Scrutiny meeting next Monday

I received a press release from Walsall Council today, stating that following the brouhaha over Brownhills Common and the subsequent petition, there is to be a special scrutiny meeting at the Council House on this very matter, next Monday, 13th May 2013, at 6pm.

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Brownhills Common: please join the debate

I haven’t forgotten the issue of Brownhills Common and the heathland restoration works, and nor will I let it slip – but the voice of the experts deserves to be heard properly. land at Brownhills Common.

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Words worth digesting

This is just a quick one about the madness ongoing over Brownhills Common. There will be more later in the week, but if you’re wanting to keep up with this stuff, there’s been a followup report in the Express & Star, and a predictably alarmist view from the Walsall Advertiser, the second photograph from which actually demonstrates the reason the area requires heathland management – evergreen saplings competing with heather.

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The love of the common people

There has been some comment locally about the Brownhills Common thing. I’m not going to push it again too much, as folk must be sick to the back teeth of it, but I have to get a plug in for a couple of excellent blog posts published today.

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Walsall Peregrine Watch this Saturday!

This weekend, focus is the fantastic Walsall Peregrine Watch, which takes place Saturday, March 9th 2013, at the New Art Gallery in Walsall.

I always push this event, as I believe it’s important to show folk that wildlife isn’t just a rural thing, and that conservation, biodiversity and the wonders of the wild are everywhere, even in a post-industrial town like ours.

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Walsall Wood indecent exposure incident

It seems the flashers, undeterred by the recent cold weather, are at it again. Sadly, I missed this press release last week, as I wasn’t following the right feed (now corrected). This is a worrying incident in Walsall Wood which really needs resolving before anything worse happens.

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Indecent exposure on Pelsall Wood Common

Jayne Howarth has posted the following on her excellent Common People blog for Pelsall. One would imagine it was too cold for such crimes after the spate last summer, but all one can hope is that the offending scrote gets frostbite in his tackle.

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Helping hands

In all the debate about the greenspace in Walsall, and the approach of our civic leaders towards this valuable asset, one comment made by a reader here stuck in many minds. I personally found it jarring, and somewhat misguided.

The post was Spirit of the Greenwood, and the comment went as follows:

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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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A green wave

The text of the following article was written by Stuart Williams of The Bloxwich Telegraph, and I reproduce it here to emphasise the campaign I mentioned here on Saturday. If you care about Walsall’s green space, please do join us.

The movement is gathering pace and I implore anyone who cares to get involved.

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Spirit of the Greenwood

This is really important. You’ll recall that a couple of weeks ago I, and other members of the local online community made a passionate plea for the preservation of the Walsall Council Countryside Services team, and the vital work they do. Well, it’s all kicking off. Walsall are axing two of the four department posts,…

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There’s a bustle in your hedgerow

One thing I hope comes through from my work online – both on this blog, and on my 365daysofbiking journal – is my huge passion for being outdoors. Pretty much everything I write is somehow related to turning the computer off, and going outside and exploring the best of whats around.

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Perrie goes large!

I couldn’t make it to Peregrine Watch in Walsall yesterday, sadly – I would have liked to attend, but work commitments prevented it. My sadness at missing the fun, however, has been somewhat alleviated by the excellent pictures and video that ace senior ranger and social media whizz Morgan Bowers has uploaded to the Walsall Wildlife…

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Peregrine Watch is back today!

Today, Friday 30th March 2011, the hugely successful Peregrinewatch event will be back in Walsall, with events kicking off outside the Central Library in Lichfield Street, and at the New Art Gallery, in Gallery Square. Walsall’s resident peregrines have become stars in their own right, and attract plenty of interest. If you want to find…

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Wild, wild life

Had this press release in today from the grey Lubyanka that is the civic centre in Walsall. Have to say, this is something I support fully. Morgan Bowers and Kevin Clements and all the team of employees and volunteers working to promote, preserve and document wildlife in Walsall are doing a splendid job. People think…

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