Downs

“There has been a 97% decline in semi-natural grassland in England and Wales.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/30/york-flood-meadows-special-scientific-interest)

Not so much a slope as a cliff.

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Inseats

“Already, over two billion people around the world regularly eat insects.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/world-on-a-plate/2014/may/20/food-insects-entomophagy-fao-bugs-food-security)

In my case, unintentionally: the insects gulp from a glass of water, shortly before I do.

The article then ascends toward an Abbott and Costello sketch, “fourteen percent of Americans count themselves as foodies—people who, says Why, ‘will probably eat the grasshopper that looks like a grasshopper’,” before suggesting, “we also need to think about a bottom-up approach.”

To food?

Gramophene

“Carpets of bluebells transform many of Scotland’s woods … There is a great network of recorders who look for signs of seasonal change in their local area, but we could always use more to maintain a phonological record that goes all the way back to 1684.” (http://www.woodlandtrust.presscentre.com/News-Releases/Scotland-s-bluebells-are-blooming-early-1121.aspx)

If you haven’t heard bluebells tinkling or hawthorn grunting, now is your chance.