My blog

This is where I share updates on my writing and conservation work, thoughts on topical conservation issues, and news about nature and the artists who are inspired by it.  Sometimes I blog about other stuff, too.

Letters from Gilbert: 2

Gilbert White was the first modern nature writer, and his studies of less well-known species like the field cricket leave a lasting legacy.

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Letters from Gilbert: 1

Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne takes the form of 110 letters, 66 of which were addressed to Daines Barrington of London, and 44 to Thomas Pennant of Flintshire.  The correspondence with his fellow naturalists was essentially genuine, but as White compiled them years later for publication as a book, he made numerous changes...

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Gilbert White 2020

It is Gilbert White's tercentenary year in 2020.

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Oktoberfeste

I'm looking forward to speaking at three very different festivals coming up in October.

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New talks added

My talks page has been updated with details of events scheduled for this autumn and winter, and into spring next year.

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Sounds wonderful

From an insect whose courtship song suffuses the heathland soundscape, to a bird which has inspired more classical and romantic writing than any other, June looks like being a song-filled month.

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Dream of the Field Cricket

For an insect that spends almost all of its time underground, the field cricket has an elusive charisma, on account of its evocative 'song'. A unique event will celebrate this miniature sound-maker.

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PLACE

On Saturday 6th April I will be speaking a conference along with other conservationists presenting personal views of the changing nature of conservation. I will argue that we need radical change, because our current conservation model isn't working.

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Wild Justice – a much needed new NGO

"If you are breaking the law, if the law is weak, if the law is flawed - we are coming for you"

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Big Cat Diaries 2: Lions in the Village

"If, in the morning, you see a lion's face, it is auspicious - it will be a good day"

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