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A love letter to county recorders, the unsung heroes of Britain’s countryside

Boris Johnson recently pledged to cut the “newt counting delays” in the British planning system. But without our county recorders, our understanding of our landscapes would plummet

By Cal Flyn   October 2020

When Boris Johnson recently pledged to cut the “newt counting delays” in the British planning system—a speech that sent shivers up the spines of environmentalists—I thought of the newt counters themselves, and those like them: the passed-over heroes of the conservation world. The UK’s flora and fauna might be the most comprehensively recorded in the world, thanks in large part to the network of “county recorders” who volunteer their…

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