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.

Nature’s New Year (2)

Part 2 of my long-read essay on thoughts about the new year: new years in general and this one in particular.

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Nature’s New Year (1)

At two minutes past ten in the morning, on Monday 21 December, the sun's solstice will occur. A traditional turning of the new year, and a welcome moment at which to turn thoughts towards 2021.

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Back on the circuit!

It may be a virtual event, but the Kendal Mountain Literature Festival later this month is a welcome return to the festival stage after a summer of seeing appearances vanish from the diary.

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Framing Nature has landed!

Framing Nature is on its way to a bookshop near you! On this page you'll find all the information you need if you're thinking about buying it, or if you are a bookseller, reviewer or journalist.

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Extinction – who cares?

To mark the publication on Monday of Framing Nature - conservation and culture, this long-read essay compiles edited excerpts on the subject of extinction and loss

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Vulture Awareness Day

To commemorate Vulture Awareness Day and to mark the launch later this month of my next book, I am starting a new occasional series of essays. This one focuses on the vulture crisis that began in India and now threatens entire populations of vultures across Asia, Africa and Europe.

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Badger scandal

A leaked government document reveals the scale of badger culling proposed for Derbyshire, undermining the country's most successful bTB vaccination programme.

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Framing Nature: white-tailed eagle

The white-tailed eagle is a great conservation success story, but a lingering hatred for raptors on the grouse moors of the Cairngorms remains a threat.

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Gilbert White – additional information

Thanks for tuning in to my talk at the Gilbert White 300th birthday festival! Here are the links I promised.

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Happy 300th birthday, Gilbert!

Join me this Saturday to celebrate the 300th birthday of the first modern nature writer - Gilbert White

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