Irreplaceable: Wainwright Prize Shortlist

I'm deeply honoured and utterly thrilled to learn that Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save our Wild Places has been shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation. Congratulations to all the fantastic finalists, and enormous gratitude to those people - in various parts of the world - who shared their vital stories of … Continue reading Irreplaceable: Wainwright Prize Shortlist

Irreplaceable: Wainwright Prize Longlist

It's hard to believe that the Wainwright Prize is only seven years old, such is the excitement that surrounds this book award for nature writing in the UK. In that short period of time, the prize has been awarded to works that have immediately become modern classics, books whose brilliance will endure well into the … Continue reading Irreplaceable: Wainwright Prize Longlist

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

A Murmuration of Starlings

Although the young man playing crazy golf wore shorts, the day was sharp and shivery on the pier. Glassy March light slid off the waves and broke into bright, glittering shards. Further out to sea, panels of dark grey rain had been hoisted against the horizon, blotting it from view. The arms of the Ferris … Continue reading A Murmuration of Starlings

A World Within Water

"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained within water." ~ Loren Eiseley, 'The Flow of the River' Strong and muscular, Otny Thomas stood like a figurehead at the prow of the boat. He had an angel tattooed on his back, and a large centipede inked in a coiled and wavy line around … Continue reading A World Within Water