The Tufa Field

Destruction of a habitat

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The Destruction begins.

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Today,  7th August 2023 saw the start of the destruction of the Tufa Field. Contractors engaged by Bath and North East Somerset Council once again used high power brush cutters and  industrial mowers to cut down the nettle beds, despite… Continue Reading →

BANES confirms plans to develop the Tufa Field

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At a  meeting with residents  on the 2nd March 2023 the Liberal Democrat led Bath and North-East Somerset Council confirmed its plans to develop the Tufa Field as a sheltered housing site. Contracts have been let for the development phase,… Continue Reading →

A Christmas Message From The Tufa Field, 2021

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This year’s Christmas Message from the Tufa Field Winter Excerpts from Winter Song by the late great, Alan Hull.

Bath and North East Somerset Council Announcement

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Here is the announcement by Kevin Guy, the new Council leader, that the Tufa Field will not be lost to developers. A massive thank you to everyone who has supported us, every one of your voices counted. The biggest thanks… Continue Reading →

Biodiversity Net Gain

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One tool made available to developers to overcome objections to developments on the grounds of loss of habitat is the concept of ‘Biodiversity Net Gain’. This is a mechanism that allows developers to substitute habitats, i.e swap one piece of… Continue Reading →

Who pays? We do.

Council expenditure is at best obscure, some would say obfuscated. There is no easy way of finding out how our money is spent and whether it represents value or even necessity. Public money, spent on our behalf, should be open… Continue Reading →

Margaret Cartwright – Ode to a Pasture

Margaret Cartwright was a long-time resident of a property adjoining the field we now know as the Tufa Field. She witnessed the progression of the field from dairy pasture to horse paddock to the re-wilded state we see today, and… Continue Reading →

The Tufa Field Diary – 08/01/24

In a new year, we once again anticipate that this will be the final winter for the Tufa Field. With notional planning applications shortly, the schedule is to start construction work in the Spring of 2024. The hydrogeological survey work… Continue Reading →

COP 28 and the Tufa Field

While the machinations of our leaders at COP 28 might seem remote, all our efforts are needed at all levels to save ourselves and our children’s children.

Stories from the Tufa Field No.6: In the Night Garden

It is slightly unfortunate for us as viewers that some of the best activity in  the Tufa Field is at night. But for the natural world, night time often equates to safe time – predators have more difficulty finding food,… Continue Reading →

Stories from the Tufa Field. No 5: Deer

Deer are a Marmite choice for many people. Left alone in gardens, they can devastate young plants, especially tulips and daffodils in the spring, and kill young tree saplings by eating their bark. But the counter argument is that Deer… Continue Reading →

Garden birds in Autumn

September is a strange month for birds that visit our gardens and the Tufa Field . Blackbirds, Robins, Sparrows, Dunnock and so on are amongst the common small birds that moult their flight feathers now. This means that their flying… Continue Reading →

Tufa Field Diary – Week 4/9/2023

Monday 4th Sep 2023: Drilling continues in the field on a hot day. Sadly, not all of our animals survived the process. We don’t know why this Fawn died, perhaps it was too scared to move, perhaps it died of… Continue Reading →

Stories from the Tufa Field. No.4: Water

Without water, there would be no Tufa. Water, it’s sources, chemistry and geology is the key element to this unique and special site. In particular, the chemistry of the water, containing dissolved oolitic limestone, and the geology of the field… Continue Reading →

Stories from the Tufa Field No.3: Bats

The Tufa Field has been host to Bats since anyone can remember. The tree-lined lane and field boundaries provide summer roosting locations and the field pasture provides feeding grounds. Various Bat surveys over the years have identified, pipistrelle, lesser and… Continue Reading →

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