Wales to press ahead with badger cullGuardian Unlimited | 09 Mar 2011
Welsh rural affairs minister Elin Jones gives go ahead to much-delayed move intended to control bovine tuberculosis. A badger cull in Wales to curb tuberculosis in cattle could finally be launched, just weeks after the Welsh assembly government said the necessary powers would come into force from...
Country diary: Bere Alston, Tamar ValleyGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
The tidal Tamar flows in a tight meander near Hooe beneath the steep woods and coverts of Pentillie and around the expansive mud bank off Clifton. From the narrow peninsula within this river loop are short views across to more familiar territory on the Cornish side - to Halton Quay with its lime...
Country diary: AberystwythGuardian Unlimited | 07 Jan 2011
The sea was pitted with soft rain and almost motionless, with only the slightest fringe of breaking water on the shoreline. Looking out from the beach at dusk, the grey murk that had hung over the coast all day severely foreshortened the view. Subtle graduations of tone merged sea and sky almost...
Ministers reveal list of 142 court closuresEpolitix.com | 14 Dec 2010
The government will close 93 magistrates' courts and 49 county courts in England and Wales, the Commons has heard. Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly made a statement to MPs on the planned shake-up of the courts service in England and Wales. Only 15 courts included in the government's consultation are due to be saved. The minister said he was "determined" to develop a proper court service" and for £22m of capital to be reinvested to "improve and modernise courts in the future".
Country Diary: PorthmadogGuardian Unlimited | 11 Dec 2010
Gnarled fingers of geology, gloved with dense woodland of sessile oak, stretch out from peaks south of Snowdon into Traeth Mawr. On the map they look like a left hand, palm up, the thumb abutting Pont Briwet at the head of Traeth Bach - the great strand and the little strand. As recently as two...
A budget that's right for Wales - in spite of the settlementEpolitix.com | 18 Nov 2010
It would be disingenuous to say that setting the Welsh budget for 2010-2011 hasnt been a challenge for our government. It was always expected that following several years of settlements that allowed ministers to plan, the current state of public finances would mean the end of such an arrangement.
Sustainable food in WalesGuardian Unlimited | 21 Oct 2010
Sustainability is at the heart of the Welsh food industry - but what does that actually mean? In the foothills of the Black Mountains, on the edge of the small village of Felindre near Hay-on-Wye, Wales, Paul Benham works 1.5 acres of what once was unproductive grazing land. Primrose Organic Farm...
Welsh assembly unveils revised badger cull plansGuardian Unlimited | 20 Sep 2010
Assembly says it can overcome an appeal court verdict that halted the cull by meeting tests that prove 'destruction' of badgers is necessary. Brian May: A senseless badger cull won't save the UK's cows. Wales will attempt to push ahead with revised plans for a badger cull after previously losing a legal battle with wildlife campaigners, the Welsh assembly said today.
Country diary: Harlech, GwyneddGuardian Unlimited | 17 Sep 2010
The sands of the two estuaries, and the danger of them, once known begin to exert a powerful fascination. Their ever-changing nature, the brief time available for instinctive assessment of viability in a crossing, the sudden surge of the tide, the sculpted allure of the submarine sand bars by which...
Renewable energy in Swansea EastBBC | 30 Apr 2010
Proposals to build a wood-burning power station in the Kings Dock have been rejected by planners once, but the developers say it could provide electricity for thousands. See where the politicians stand.
Conservationists hope fake nests will see ospreys stayThe Independent | 23 Apr 2010
Ospreys, the majestic fish hawks which are spreading in the wilder parts of Scotland, the Lake District and Wales, are being offered the chance to set up home in the gentler landscape of Dorset - in fake nests.
Political plans for greener GowerBBC World Service | 22 Apr 2010
With kerbside recycling expanding on Gower the election candidates outline their parties' green credentials.
Greens: We'll make Britain fairerBBC World Service | 15 Apr 2010
The Green Party of England and Wales set out manifesto plans to make Britain a "greener and fairer society".
Environmental issues in RhonddaBBC World Service | 13 Apr 2010
Questions about global warming have figured in the news recently, but in some circumstances that can filter down to the local debate.
Views on nuclear power discussedBBC | 13 Apr 2010
Parliamentary candidates for the Suffolk Coastal give their views on plans for a new generation of nuclear power stations - one of which could be sited in the constituency.