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: 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 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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