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.

My next book

I am pleased to confirm details of my forthcoming book, to be launched in the autumn

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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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Framing Nature: otter

The otter is a symbol of hope for conservationists. Once lost from much of Britain, it has bounced back.

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Framing Nature: fox

My forthcoming new book will include portrait essays of nine species. Together they tell the story of our relationship with the rest of nature.

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Lockdown dawn chorus

This morning (4 May) I went out into a drizzly dawn to listen to the defining sounds of the spring dawn - and to read my latest work in progress to the birds.

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Letters from Gilbert: 3

On this day in 1771 Gilbert White, whose 300th anniversary we celebrate this year, was thinking about migration. Exactly 245 years later I visited his home on my own spring journey.

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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...

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