The Tufa Field

Destruction of a habitat

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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 →

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 →

Tufa in Dalby Forest

This is an extract from the Channel 5 program “Secret Life of the Forest” broadcast on 8th March 2023. The parallels with our Tufa Field are striking and illustrate both the uniqueness and the potential for the field as a … Continue Reading →

Statement to Council

This is the statement made to Bath and North-East Somerset Council at the Special Council Meeting of 19th January 2023. ” I’d like to raise the question of urban green spaces and start by illustrating my point using the example… Continue Reading →

Hey, Jude

Meet Jude.   It is August 2022. Jude is 8 weeks old. Already, he has witnessed the hottest day ever in the UK. A summer of extreme drought followed in the UK with hosepipe bans and warnings of a dry… Continue Reading →

Wildflowers at the Tufa Field

A collection of wild flower pictures from the Tufa Field. The full list of noted species is here.  

Summer in the Tufa Field

High summer is the time when plants and insects dominate the Tufa Field. Around the main Tufa flush, sedges and rushes dominate, with grasses adapted for damp conditions also flourishing. The wide expanses of undisturbed nettle beds  create ideal butterfly… Continue Reading →

Bird time

The Tufa Field continues to be an important food resource for our birds. This buzzard is a regular visitor. And for our smaller birds, a tasty caterpillar is always welcome. – A reminder that all things in the natural world… Continue Reading →

Pond Life

Garden ponds and water form an important link in the Tufa Field. Amphibians in particular need wet grass to move around. It’s perhaps not so well known that many amphibians spend more time out of the water than in, usually… Continue Reading →

Dawn Chorus

Just a reminder that now is optimum dawn chorus time. You can watch and listen on our live camera, or if you can’t wake up that early, listen to our recording from last year. Or just close your eyes, relax… Continue Reading →

Images from the Tufafield

Two fox cubs and a deer celebrating the joys of spring!  

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