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.

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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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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Big Cat Diaries 1: Leopards on the Streets

"We had not descended far when the beam reflected back two cats’ eyes, like stationary fireflies against the black of the forest."

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North Cornwall Book Festival talk podcast

Last month’s North Cornwall Book Festival was memorable, and the talks are available as podcasts for those who missed it.  Click below for my talk, and relive the whole festival here.

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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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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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North Cornwall Book Festival

A year ago, I was at the North Cornwall Book Festival from where a BBC Countryfile programme was being filmed.  The poet Chrissie Gittins was running a workshop for local schoolchildren, exploring the world of words and the words of nature, and I was being interviewed too. I had been campaigning against the decision by...

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The People’s Walk for Wildlife

We’ve known it for ages, but every three-year State of Nature report reminds us how impoverished our wildlife has become, and each new report paints a worsening picture.  Between 1970 and 2013 56% of UK species declined, and 15% are now threatened with extinction.   The UK is officially among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.  It...

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Zi-Zi Taah Taah Taah

“Over there behind those trees is the most extensive area of scrap metal yards in Europe” said Steve Ely, poet

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