The Wild Nearby

He stood in cold sunlight beside the bus shelter, dressed in a dark overcoat and matching suit, a leather briefcase hanging from one hand. Unlike the rest of us, the man had his back to the road, his eyes fastened on three trees just the other side of the black iron railings that mark the … Continue reading The Wild Nearby

Restoring Wetlands: a path into the future

We never know what might act as a spark when it comes to the natural world. It could be some profound and magnetic encounter with a wild animal or a commonplace connection with our local surroundings. It might be a thrilling journey on foot through remote mountains or the evocative atmosphere of an old-growth forest. … Continue reading Restoring Wetlands: a path into the future

Wainwright Prize 2020

Enormous congratulations to Dara McAnulty for winning the Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing this week with his book Diary of a Young Naturalist and to Benedict Macdonald for winning the Global Conservation Prize with Rebirding. I'm deeply honoured and delighted that Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save our Wild Places was Highly Commended for the … Continue reading Wainwright Prize 2020

A Bear Unearthed

In April 2012, a brown bear was found illegally killed by poisoned bait just outside the village of Psaradhes here in Prespa. As the animal was far too heavy to move, and the mountain soil too rocky to dig a grave, the bear was instead covered with a plastic tarp and mounded over with stones. … Continue reading A Bear Unearthed

Ancient woodlands are more vital than ever

If “a culture is no better than its woods”, then WH Auden would be rightly disappointed by large parts of the world if he were still with us.  There’d be Romania, one amongst many countries miserably failing to preserve its woodlands, where a violent logging mafia clear-cuts vast and spectacular beech forests irrespective of EU … Continue reading Ancient woodlands are more vital than ever