Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Campaign to Protect Rural England

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Care of the countryside

19 December 2018

Research has consistently shown us that using or having a connection with green spaces, the countryside and nature is good for us in many different ways: from providing recreational opportunities and relaxation, to learning skills that help us interact with people and the world around us. We now tend to live in urbanised areas and are increasingly dependent on technology...

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Supporting countryside conservation

28 September 2018

Working on holiday with the National Trust at Devil’s Dyke, the South Downs

Anyone can be involved with nature and help towards countryside conservation. There are different ways and no set path.

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My car and the countryside

28 March 2018

Woodwalton Fen

I passed my driving test a month before I turned 30…wow, what an achievement!

It does grieve me though that, as an environmentalist, I’m not helping the world in terms of land use, pollution and unavoidable road kills (including of flies, which are a source of food for birds!). However, there are snippets of comfort for my green conscience.

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A summer of wildlife encounters

4 October 2017

red kite

Hacking out in the countryside is bound to allow many wildlife encounters, hence the importance of preserving rights of ways - but that can be discussed another time… It is thrilling and special to capture glimpses of wildlife as it reminds us that we do share this planet, and of the critical importance of countryside conservation. But, I would like to write most specifically what we horse riders see, and in which situations, because it forms a basis of our work at CPRE.

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Hail the fenland foxes!

25 April 2017

Fenland fox

Vulpes Vulpes, or, in English, the red fox. Culturally known as Mr Fox. This lovely cousin of the dog resides in the farmlands where I ride, taking advantage of the rabbit population, the fields and hedges. They like the green byways and shrubbery, human dwellings with available food sources and paddocks in the outlying areas of my village.

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Spring is coming

13 January 2017

Snowdrops. Like all seasonal flowers, I had forgotten them. Occasionally I remembered them, but I had mainly forgotten them.

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Riding into the countryside with Lizzie

4 May 2016

Lizzie Bannister

Photo: © Lizzie Bannister

Having listened to stories from my grandfather about his work with farm horses, I asked my mother for riding lessons when I was nine. She soon re-discovered her childhood passion for horses! We had our first pony together and then my sister got involved too and different horses came into and went from our lives.

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