Why We Need a Better Philosophy of Trees

13th November 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “On November 6 1217, Henry III’s Charter of the Forest gave ordinary English people back their traditional rights to use royal hunting grounds for livestock grazing and collecting firewood. The freedoms that were restored in the use of ancient woodland reshaped the community’s legal and political relationship with nature. But, today,… [more]

Interaction Effects Between Local Flower Richness & Distance to Natural Woodland on Pest & Beneficial Insects in Apple Orchards

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Agricultural and Forest Entomology.  “Abstract: Local and landscape factors interact to influence animal populations and, ultimately, crop yields in agroecosystems. Yet few studies have considered interactions and trade-offs between these factors within a single agroecosystem. We sampled insect communities (fruit-damaging pests and Diptera and Hymenoptera pollinator and natural enemy… [more]

Semi-Natural Habitats Support Biological Control, Pollination & Soil Conservation in Europe. A Review

26th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published on SpringerLink. “Abstract: Semi-natural habitats are integral to most agricultural areas and have the potential to support ecosystem services, especially biological control and pollination by supplying resources for the invertebrates providing these services and for soil conservation by preventing erosion and run-off. Some habitats are supported through agri-environment scheme funding in… [more]

Netherlands Looks to Increase Forest Cover By 25 Per Cent

31st January 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Corporate Knights.  “Holland’s State Forestry Commission introduced an ambitious woodland expansion plan in October, calling for the addition of 100,000 hectares of new forest over the next three decades. Centuries of intensive efforts to mould the country’s landscape through dikes and forest clearing resulted in increased agricultural output, but… [more]