The Bluebell wood – public good – private property – pay per view

The Bluebell wood – public good – private property – pay per view

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph highlighted the issue of visitor control during the peak Bluebell viewing season at a National Trust site in Hertfordshire. It noted that for the first time the Trust would be charging visitors coming to look at wild flowers. John Powell comments on managing a public good where high levels of ‘use’ will potentially cause damage.

A balancing act – renewable energy generation in the Lower Severn Vale

A balancing act – renewable energy generation in the Lower Severn Vale

A recent field trip along the Lower Severn Vale with a group of Landscape and Applied Ecology MSc students highlighted some of the opportunities and challenges associated with weaning ourselves off large-scale and centralised electricity generating systems. The area of interest is part of the Severn estuary between Gloucester and the old suspension bridge carrying the M48 from Aust to Chepstow.